Inspired by the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct
, the music video was shot by "Deja Vu
" director Sophie Muller in a hangar on the Brooklyn waterfront in New York City. Beyoncé worked with an acting coach for two months to recreate Sharon Stone's famous interrogation scene from the film. She told USA Today
: "I treated the video for 'Ring the Alarm' like a movie scene. I was thinking, 'I've got to make my acting coach proud."