A Canton man never expected millions of people around the world to watch a music video he made last weekend while he was stuck at an airport overnight.
The original video, posted online Sunday, had more than 7 million views by Wednesday and put Richard Dunn, 43, of Canton, into the international spotlight.
“It’s like winning the lottery, but with no money,” Dunn joked Wednesday. “It was a really cool feeling to know that 5 million people have clicked on this, and probably all of them have laughed. I dig that; that feels really good.” With just a cellphone and his luggage — and some cheap tape borrowed from an airport mechanic — Dunn made a music video of himself doing lipsync to Celine Dion’s song “All by Myself,” while he was stuck overnight at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Since he was alone, and had no one to help hold his phone for the video, Dunn used tape to attach his cellphone to various objects around the airport. From airport cart poles to his luggage, to to a water bottle, Dunn used the objects around him to create the right angles and get the right shots — even taking advantage of a moving walkway and escalator at times.
“The stuff I had with me and found around the airport was all the video gear I needed,” Dunn said.
Dunn said he’s made hundreds of videos for fun over the years, and this video was no different. He didn’t expect his video to go viral, quickly spreading online to viewers around the world. “Never in a million years did I expect more than my family and friends to look at it,” he said.
Dunn and his wife moved to Canton in 2007, and they have a 2-year-old daughter named Bailey.
Dunn works as a lighting designer for Corporate Entertainment, traveling a lot for work, and makes videos on the side as a hobby, he said. Since the video, Natasha Dunn said her husband had been contacted by people and news stations around the world — from Australia and Sweden to Atlanta and North Carolina. “He’s always doing crazy videos for his friends and family to enjoy,” she said. “We never, ever, ever expected anything like this.” She said when the video was posted online Sunday, it got a few thousand views, and she and her husband were already excited.
Dunn said when the video got so many views in a short period of time, he wondered if there would be something more to this video.
“It was just too high, too fast. I remember thinking when I hit 100,000 views, that’d be neat,” he said. “When it hit a million, it just kept going.”
By the next day, the video had garnered more than a million views, and Natasha Dunn credits the success to friends and family posting the video on social media websites.
“Our friends have been so supportive and so excited for him. They’re super happy for him,” she said. “It’s really our friends who made it super popular on Facebook.” Dunn said he and his friends have been in shock.
“It’s just been absolutely nonstop. The disbelief I have, has just been mirrored in them.” Dunn said. “Everyone sees viral videos, but I’ve never known anyone that had one. I certainly never expected that it would be me.”
He said it’s been fun for him and his friends to watch the video gain popularity.
Dunn said he’ll be posting another video soon, he called it “Part 2” and said it shows a lot of behindthe- scenes footage from when he made the original video.
“In the next couple of days, we’ll get that together. It’s about 10 minutes to watch,” he said.
Dunn said he may post the video on his YouTube.com account under username “Dunnlights” or he may post the video to Vimeo.com, under his username “Richard Dunn.Viemo Viral video by Canton man:
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