The video shows Sting traversing a nighttime landscape where his amber silhouette reveals the same landscape from daytime hours. It was directed by Kevin Godley, who along with Lol Creme was half of Godley & Creme, which was both a musical group and a directing team. Godley & Creme pulled off elaborate videos for The Police, including the candles video for "Wrapped Around Your Finger
" and the Max Max-inspired "Synchronicity II
," but it was the "Fields of Gold" shoot that drove Godley to madness.
The video hinged on a motion control camera that could shoot the nighttime scenes, then shoot the daytime scenes with the exact same moves so they could appear in Sting's silhouette. "But motion control f--ked up," Godley told Songfacts
. It couldn't remember the exact moves for each of the things we did, and it proceeded to do moves that it had logged from a commercial three weeks ago or something insane like that. And they didn't have the relevant piece of equipment to correct it, so we sat around on our asses for about six hours doing nothing while they were rushing around frantically trying to mend this robot. I ended up throwing a chair at the bloody thing."
Despite the aggravation, Godley used motion control again when he did the "Theme From Mission: Impossible
" video for Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.