Remember that MTV show Making the Video which was super awesome and gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at how some of our favorite clips were put together? Yeah, we miss that show, too, but luckily, Taylor Swift and company are giving us our fix.
The singer and music video director Joseph Kahn released a nearly 5-minute treat on Vevo earlier today, giving T.Swift admirers a glimpse of how they put together her latest work—the "Out of the Woods" music video.
For those who are unaware (we're not sure how you missed it, but no judgment), Swift battles the elements in the video for her recent single, taking on wind, water, fire, and more, all while also running from hungry wolves (and fun fact, those were real wolves).
"We are in New Zealand on one of the most—not one of the most—the most beautiful beach I've ever been on in my life. It's so surreal," Taylor explains in the beginning of the clip. Kahn adds, "Today we shot Taylor under the ocean, which we did in a swimming pool. And now we are here on a beach shooting the beginning and end of the video."
He later continues, "The entire video is basically Taylor suffering through an emotional landscape of trees and forest and snow and water—all that is a metaphor but its being done practically on location here in New Zealand."
Ah, metaphors. Viewers will remember that the video ended with Swift coming across herself on the beach, and a message read, "She lost him, but she found herself. And somehow that was everything." Swift touches on that bit, explaining, "I go through all this stuff and all these trials and tribulations and at the end I find—da da dadaaaaa—myself." Surprise!
And it wasn't the easiest road to get there. We see Taylor dealing with the cold climate and the muddy waters (literally) to get the right shots for the video. "It's gonna get the dirtiest later when we do the mud scene. I'm not excited for it. It's gonna be terrible," she confessed. "It's gonna be gloppy and cold and slimy, and I'm gonna be climbing in it. And you know, I have to meet a friend later, it's gonna be a lot to explain. Why do you look like this?"
Watch the video to see how it all went down!