Where Was Katy Perry’s “Rise” Music Video Filmed? The Pop Star’s Latest Clip Sure Is Beautiful

KatyCats far and wide let out a collective cry of joy last Thursday when a certain California gurl released her first single in two years: On June 14, Katy Perry dropped “Rise,” a sweeping Max Martin- and Ali Payami-produced anthem that was written for the 2016 Summer Olympics, plus a Joseph Lee-directed video of Olympians being Olympians. However, the montage of great athletes would not be the song’s only visual: On Friday, Perry shared a 26-second snippet of a second “Rise” music video. Yes, dear friend, another "Rise" vid is on the way. May the cries of joy continue to ring through the night.

In the preview for the Paul Gore-directed clip, the pop star walks through a spectacular desert canyon with a pink parachute strapped to her person. Which desert canyon, you wonder? You and me both, buddy. Now, if I had to guess where Perry’s “Rise” music video was filmed, I’d say “In a canyon somewhere in the Southwestern United States.” (I know, I know. Such a specific answer. It's not like the Southwest is lousy with canyons or anything.)

I hoped IMVDB or the YouTube comments or the fan message boards would spill the deets about the filming location. Alas, I was unable to find it on any of those sites. So, I turned to my favorite search engine: Twitter.

Was the video filmed at the Grand Canyon?

Or at Antelope Canyon in Arizona?

Or at Snow Canyon in Utah?

Or was it at Burning Man in Nevada?

Yeah, I know this one's a joke, but I had to include it because I can't stop laughing at the thought of a pop star rolling up to Burning Man and being like, “OK, so everyone here at this annual arts festival in the middle of the desert has gotta clear out for a few hours because I have a music video to shoot hope that’s chill please don’t mess up the shot thanks byeeee.”

And finally, if you'd be so kind, please take a peek at this lil tweet:

O RLY?!?!?!?! Why might the Utah Film Commission be keeping an eye on this music video? Might it be because it was filmed at Snow Canyon, just as @abbeyclover said?!? Is that the answer?!?!

KatyPerryVEVO on YouTube

Waiting with bated breath for the "Rise" video premiere (whenever that is) and for the answer to this mystery.

Image: KatyPerryVEVO/YouTube