One Direction traveled ago in time to their childhoods in their "Story of My Life" video. The visual gave the men the possibility to re-create some of their real-life childhood photos as adults, via their families joining them for the suffer.

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steustatiushistory.org News spoke to the video"s director, Ben Winston (that directed 1D"s VMA-winning "Best Song Ever" video), that broke dvery own some of the video"s essential scenes, framework by frame.


The clip was shot a number of months back in London in an underground theater extremely few world know about. "Absolutely every little thing you check out in the video is real; tright here was no green screening at all," Winston said. "All that huge, wide area was true. Eexceptionally single photo in the back of those shots is genuine, legitimate, of the boys when they were younger. If you desire to zoom into any type of single photo, you"ll be able to discover a frozen moment in time of the story of their stays."

From tbelow, it was all about picking the right photos to include in the clip, and also making sure that eincredibly information was just right.

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"Zayn "s photo is a really beautiful one. It"s him and his sister and they have an extremely cshed relationship. So when I was thinking about Zayn, I really wanted a photo of him and his sibling because he has actually 3 sisters and they all really look approximately him and also admire him and also he really looks after them," he sassist. "That one, I thought, was incredibly sweet."

Like Zayn"s snapshot, Winston likewise wanted to pay homage to Niall Horan"s partnership to one of his siblings. "Niall is extremely close to his brother, Greg," he said. "They"re constantly laughing and playing together and also as soon as I observed that photo of the 2 of them playing violin and guitar as youngsters, I really loved it, "reason also if you spend time with them this day, they"re simply as cshed."

But it wasn"t simply about siblings for Winston. "For some of the photos, I wanted parental fees," he sassist. "I"m Liam photo, they"re all ready to go out on a night out, all very smart, extremely proudly dressed. So I thought that was a really great, strong, striking image."

"Harry has a hugely cshed partnership through his mother and she"s a huge his life," Winston included. "And it was crucial for me to try and also discover a photo of those 2 together bereason I think that"s a partnership that"s exceptionally lovely."


While many type of of the photos are celebratory, Winston noted that Louis Tomlinson"s photo of his grandpaleas and also excellent grandparental fees has actually a somber tone for a factor.

"I assumed it was a gorgeous photo and then I phoned Louis" mom... and she said "Well, it will certainly be hard because his good grandma and also his great grandpa, that are in that photo, unfortunately are no much longer alive." It provided me the idea that actually that is component of life," he sassist. "That"s component of the circle of life. sweet, relocating moment."

So, was it weird for the males to film on sets that were perfect replicas of the places in the pictures?

"I think, for most them, it was scary seeing a room that we had actually developed that looked choose their old houses," he said. "I think, for them, it was a small bit freaky."