June 29, 2009 — It was kind of like "Friday Night Lights": high-school football being shot for TV. Except it was on a Monday night, instead of Friday; and it was for a video, and not for a regular series.
Brooks & Dunn's "Indian Summer" got a hand from two football programs in Central California when the Chowchilla Redskins lined up against the Dos Palos Broncos over, and over, and over again. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn's parts for the video had already been shot in Tennessee, but director Shaun Silva needed to find two rival schools to create the images for a sort of modern Romeo And Juliet story. Instead of being from feuding families, as the lead characters were in that William Shakespeare classic, the quarterback in "Indian Summer" is in love with a cheerleader from the opposing squad.
Shaun 9 4 who's worked with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland — chose the San Joaquin Valley as a location because he grew up there, and the students got a chance to see what a video production is really like. It was, like most, a lot of hurry up and wait.
"It was an interesting and fun experience," Chowchilla coach John Henson told The Merced Sun-Star. "The Redskins aren't used to working on Hollywood time. We were there past midnight. There was a lot of standing around, waiting for equipment and directors — all the things you read about Hollywood in the papers. Only we experienced it up close and personal."
The two teams spent more than four hours shooting a 20-yard touchdown play that won't take up more than 10 seconds in the final video.
It was particularly grueling for the Dos Palos club. The players had to experience the other team scoring a game-winning touchdown against them over, and over, and over.
The Broncos "got to see their sidelines jumping up and down, people running out onto the field," Dos Palos coach Mike Sparks told The Sun-Star. "We might have to show them this tape a couple of times before we play again. Bring it up, so they remember what happened."
Brooks & Dunn, topic of a motivational speech. A release date for the "Indian Summer" video has not been announced. The single is currently at No. 21 on the USA Today Mediabase country chart.