Some people stuck all by themselves in an airport overnight might have done something boring like, oh, sleep. But not Richard Dunn. He used his overnight stay at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport to make a video that’s now gone viral.
The Canadian-born lighting designer, who now lives in Georgia, was on his way home from a 10-day work trip in Vegas on Friday when he volunteered to be bumped from two flights in exchange for $900 in vouchers, according to CBCNews.
But then his flight didn’t leave until 6 a.m. the next morning.
“I thought, well I don’t have enough time to go to a hotel so what do I do? I’ve got my phone and an empty movie set, lets see what trouble I can get into,” he said.
He started brainstorming, looking up songs about travel, then Googled songs about being alone. “And then our dear Canadian sister started streaming in my headphones, ‘All By Myself’ and I thought ‘that’s it, that’s pure movie gold,’” he told CBC, admitting that Dion is his guilty pleasure.
He waited until 2 a.m. when the airport emptied then whipped out his iPhone, taping it to things like a wheelchair and the extended handle of his rolling computer case to get some of the shots. He used the moving walkway for dolly shots.
He edited everything on Final Cut Pro when he got home and now he’s got a viral hit on his hands. It’s been seen more than 4 million times since he posted it on Vimeo on Sunday, turning Dunn into an instant celebrity.
He said he only got a few funny looks from the airport cleaning staff.