The music video was shot on October 9, 2009. Reports surfaced on the internet that Beyoncé and Lady Gaga shot the video in October 2009 in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.
An inside source from Life and Style Weekly stated that "everything on set was being kept very hush-hush, and security was extremely tight...Beyoncé wears "a feathered dress" and Lady Gaga "something wild ... the fashion is sick and insane". Mirroring the Life and Style report, another source posted on Pulse Music Board that the "Video Phone" clip was shot on a "closed set [with] no cameras or video phones" allowed. The clip also features "lots of choreography" and "more dancers than the two girls [beyoncé is] always with". The director is Hype Williams. On October 15, 2009, a spokesperson for director Hype Williams confirmed to MTV News that those reports are true.