Loads of Taylor Swift followers agree that the Grammy Award winner’s “Clean Area” music video is one among her finest—arguably as a result of it spotlights two historic mansions in Lengthy Island, New York: Oheka Citadel and Winfield Corridor (AKA Woolworth Mansion).
To seek out out precisely how these grand properties had been reworked for the music video (which has greater than 2.8 billion views and counting), Home Lovely spoke to the video’s manufacturing designer, Marla Weinhoff.
“With any challenge, particularly a music video, the whole lot must be executed at lightning pace—and and not using a nice price range,” says Weinhoff. “We attempt to replicate the spirit and aesthetic of the artist, and interpret and improve the track in a visible manner. We at all times obsess over each element and in the long run the issues the viewer sees are a cut up second, however setting the scene for the actors to really feel they’re in an actual place is at all times key to getting a superb efficiency.”
Bringing “Clean Area” to life meant highlighting Swift’s signature track persona as a serial dater who “jet units world wide accumulating males.” Naturally, a jet-setter of that caliber would reside in a wonderful mansion of types—and each over-the-top properties match the invoice.
The video options a number of inside pictures of Winfield Corridor, together with the opulent eating room (wherein one scene options Swift and mannequin Sean O’Pry seated at both finish of the desk). Real looking portraits of O’Pry and different male fashions had been created by artists Jessie Bearden and David Phendler, Weinhoff reveals.
“We discovered some nice classic frames [sourced from prop house Eclectic Encore]—after which labored with Taylor to provide you with methods to destroy them,” the manufacturing designer provides. “My private favorites had been those the place she stabbed Sean with a knife, and [when] she did an enormous scratching claw mark throughout the face. It appeared nice and I’m certain it was an unbelievable launch of rigidity throughout an extended and demanding shoot.”
A number of the most manufacturing’s memorable scenes had been filmed at Oheka Citadel (which
Succession followers may acknowledge because the Hungarian citadel from the HBO present’s second season)—together with pictures of Swift and O’Pry using horses amid a beautiful backdrop (designed by the Olmsted brothers) and having a picnic on the grounds (a scene for which Swift requested that her favourite treats be used, discloses Weinhoff). One other notable scene shot at Oheka? The one wherein Swift bashes the hood of a Shelby AC Cobra, which was sourced from the Cooper Classics Assortment.
“We additionally made use of a stupendous staircase and an empty room to make the bed room scene with [Swift’s] cat, Olivia,” divulges Weinhoff. “The script referred to as for [Swift] to have a coronary heart cake in mattress that will bleed as she minimize into it. This was customized made as effectively, and required fairly a little bit of engineering. We additionally made customized mattress linens and a cover to make it romantic and dreamy to suit the story line and our star.”
Although the Cobra automotive bashing and different components of the video had been made potential by CGI, the horses and deer seen had been very a lot actual. “All animals shot at location, together with the deer!” Weinhoff tells Home Lovely. “We labored with the animal trainers in addition to a humane affiliation consultant and needed to put together the surfaces correctly for the protection of the animal, and likewise location safety.”
Given Swift’s observe report for filming music movies at luxurious estates (did we point out her “Love Story” music video was additionally filmed at a citadel?), we’re certain this received’t be the final time we see her award-winning songs come to life in an extravagant abode. Within the meantime, check out our rating of one of the best homes showcased in her music movies right here—and watch the “Clean Area” video beneath.
And in case you wish to reside just like the pop star, you are in luck: Winfield Corridor, which did not promote at public sale earlier this yr, continues to be up for grabs—so you can also understand your individual “Clean Area” fantasy!
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Mary Elizabeth Andriotis is Home Lovely’s Affiliate Editor, the place she covers historic properties, leisure, tradition, and design. She has written for publications together with Home Lovely, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Teen Vogue, NYLON, and City & Nation. She enjoys visiting historic home museums in her free time.