He’d seen the Don’t You Want Me video - that’s why I got the job.
“And he wanted something cinematic,as well, and his management said he was really into Peter Pan and could we do something that was a little magical?
I’d had an idea the previous year to do a Midas touch video with everything lighting up so the paving stone idea came from that.
The process was pretty straightforward really; we sent the idea to him and went out to LA and shot the video.
Before we shot it,he had a really nice idea for another little scene within it where mannequins come to life and dance behind him and I thought it was a great idea.
We made the video before the album,Thriller, had come out.It was like five weeks before Billie Jean was going to come out and they wouldn’t pay for the extra tailor’s dummies and the dancers so we had to can that idea.
Obviously,one month later he got anything he wanted for the rest of his life,but right then he wasn’t quite in a position yet to demand what he wanted.
He was a really soft-spoken,sweet guy.
Obviously,he was very curious about everything,he wanted to know what was going on with this and that and how that worked.
Then suddenly…I was operating the camera for it as well and the moment he started to dance in that little chorus,it was just so dynamic,it was breathtaking.
I remember the camera steaming up because it was pretty stunning.
You knew that something special was going to arrive on the scene.
This was one of the first videos by a black artist on MTV.” Steve Barron-video director for Billie Jean