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Photo: Derek Hough | By Emlyn Travis, Yahoo Entertainment | > > > > > > > Almost 12 years after Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) exchanged vows in a dreamy woodland ceremony in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the song that soundtracked Bella’s march down the aisle finally has its very own music video.
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The video, which is co-directed by Derek Hough and So You Think You Can Dance alum Phillip Chbeeb, explores both the beauty and ephemerality of love through the medium of dance.
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Despite the song’s initial success and long-standing legacy (“Turning Page” recently received RIAA platinum certification), Sleeping At Last singer-songwriter Ryan O’Neal tells EW that he didn’t consider creating a music video for the track until “the beginning of this year” but, once he did, he immediately tapped Hough for the project.

“I was like, ‘I know this is kind of out of the blue, but would you want to direct [the ‘Turning Page’ video] and be in it?’ And he was like, ‘Absolutely!’ And he completely ran with it,” O’Neal recalls. “I gave him total creative freedom — he had expressed earlier that he and his soon-to-be wife Hayley had enjoyed the song and it had been a part of their relationship, and so I thought this was such a perfect fit and that he will know exactly what to do, visually, for this.”
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O’Neal originally wrote “Turning Page” as “a total shot in the dark” blind submission for the Twilight soundtrack. “At the time, I was like, ‘It’s very unlikely that it’s going to make it into the movie, so I need to make sure that I mean it and want to put that song out into the world whether or not Twilight will happen,'” he remembers. “And so I wrote it, really, about my wife and then I bent some of the language into vampire [references,] like waiting a hundred years. I haven’t actually waited a hundred years to marry my wife.”

After six months of silence, he was ready to move on when he received a call notifying him that “Turning Page” would be used twice within in Breaking Dawn – Part 1. “They didn’t lay out exactly what scenes it was going to be in. I knew it had something to do with the wedding, but I wasn’t sure when she walked down the aisle or if it’d be in the background later,” he admits. “I did get to go to the premiere and it was really such a special moment to be able to see it in the audience of the people that made it and to see where the song landed both times in the movie. It was really a highlight, life moment for me.”

The song’s music video, of course, pays homage to the series that helped create it by ending with the song’s title being displayed onscreen in Twilight’s signature font before it, too, dissolves into the sand. “A little nod to the birth of the song,” O’Neal teases.
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Photo: Derek Hough |

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