Okay, so you’re stuck in an airport overnight. Thanks to a last-minute scheduling change, your flight isn’t until 6 a.m. So what do you do? Well, you have a few options. Try to sleep in those oh-so-comfy airport chairs? Read a magazine or a trashy paperback? Sit there and stare into space?
Or you can do what Richard Dunn did. Spend the hours until dawn shooting a music video, starring yourself, romping through the largely vacant airport terminal lip-synching to Celine Dion.
The result of Dunn’s outburst of boredom-spurred creativity can be seen in the Vimeo video above. Check it out, as the lighting designer from Georgia performs his lip-synched rendition of Celine Dion‘s 1996 version of All By Myself, originally a 1975 Number One hit single by former Raspberries lead singer Eric Carmen.
The choice of song seems obvious, because Dunn was indeed all by himself, for the most part, in the terminal — and filmed the video all by himself as well.
Dunn’s choice to create the video is all the more admirable because the airport in which he was stuck was McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. The Vegas strip is just a short cab ride away. But rather than gamble and party the wee hours away, Dunn got creative.
The whole video was shot on his iPhone, using an airport wheelchair and a moving walkway to create Hollywood-style (well, sort of) dolly shots.
“I had a person behind a ticket counter give me a roll of luggage tape before she left. I then used a wheelchair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that. Then I would put it on the moving walkway for a dolly shot,” Dunn said. “I also used the extended handle on my computer bag and taped the iPhone to my handle. I would tuck different stuff under the bag to get the right angle. For the escalator shot I had to sprint up the steps after I got my shot so the computer bag didn’t hit the top and fall back down. Quite fun!”
Don’t miss the moment in which Dunn re-enacts the shower scene from Flashdance. A must-see. If they gave Academy Awards for online videos — well, this probably wouldn’t win one. But Dunn’s video definitely deserves to be watched anyway.