Airports can really suck, especially when you’re stuck there longer than you thought you’d be. That’s what happened to Richard Dunn, who was voluntarily bumped from two flights at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in exchange for vouchers. He got a seat on a plane leaving at 6 the next morning. What’s a guy to do when he’s stuck alone in an airport overnight? Make an elaborate video of himself lip-syncing to Celine Dion using his iPhone, of course.
The song was Celine’s cover of Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” Obviously. What else would it be? Tell me you’d make a video of any other song when you’re stuck literally all by yourself in an airport. You know that song goes through your head whenever you feel lonely. Either that or “One is the Loneliest Number.” As a result, the video’s hilarious, because pretty much anything to feature that song these days is meant to be a joke.
But in addition to being delightfully funny, it’s also really well-made for something he did by himself on a phone. And when you hear how he got some of the more difficult shots, you’re going to be extremely impressed and probably feel very lazy and uncreative. He asked a person at the ticket counter to let him use a roll of luggage tape, and according to a comment on his Vimeo page, “I then used a wheel chair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that.” He also put the wheel chair on moving walkways and escalators to get the moving shots, and he used Final Cut Pro for editing. I say we give Richard Dunn a round of applause. If I were him I’d probably just fall asleep in an uncomfortable chair and wake up with nary a music video to my name.