By Christina Garibaldi
We are now in the second round of the competition in our Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years! From now until December 2, Britney Spears’ hottest, sexiest and most iconic videos are battling it out for the title of Best Britney Video of All Time. We know that this is not an easy decision to make, which is why we are here to help! We will be taking a look back at several of Ms. Spears’ videos throughout the years to get insight from directors, set visits and Britney herself.
This Thanksgiving we are giving you a look back at Britney’s video for “Piece of Me.” The video, which got a first round by in the competition for its 2008 VMA win for Video of the Year, gets in on the action against “Hold It Against Me.” “Piece” was the second single off her 2007 album Blackout and the video takes aim at the paparazzi, who at the time (and even now) were following her every move. The video marked not only Brit’s first Video Music Award, but also director Wayne Isham’s.
“On ’Piece of Me,’ I really just wanted to put the mirror back onto the whole experience,” Isham told MTV News in 2009 about the video’s concept.”You can see that she had that kind of confidence. And, literally, every take became a more and more confident take, so that she could have fun with what was going on. Not being over-the-top sarcastic but having a laugh at everything that was going on around her with confidence.”
And it seems that Britney’s real-life confidence was returning as well. Wayne revealed that she came up with the choreography for the final dance on the set of the video.
“The very last dance of the piece, she had her hair up, and I go, ’Can you just do one for me with your hair down?’ She dropped her hair down,” Wayne said. “You’ll see we intercut with her hair up and her hair down. That was the last piece. She just rocked it from her heart. She choreographed that last dance at the very end. She did that on her own and said, ’Let’s go for it.'”