The video was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who worked on various UK television shows, including Ready, Steady,Go!
, where he fell in with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He became arguably the first music video director when these bands hired him to make promotional films; after doing "Paperback Writer," he also did "Hey Jude
" and "Revolution
," as well as several productions for The Stones, including their Rock and Roll Circus
As revealed in the Beatles 1+
reissue, Lindsay-Hogg pitched a conceptual video for "Paperback Writer" envisioning Paul McCartney as an aspiring novelist. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, killed the idea, becoming perhaps the first band manager to quash a clever concept video in favor of just showing the band performing the song in an exotic location.