Canadian Richard Dunn was recently on a 10-day work related trip in Las Vegas. At the McCarran International Airport, he was offered a healthy sum in Delta Airlines vouchers in exchange for giving up his seat on two consecutive flights. While waiting until 6:00 a.m. the next morning in the Vegas airport for the next flight out with his very understanding wife, Dunn decided that he needed a project to pass the time. The result is a five-minute music video, filmed and edited by Dunn, that really shows what kind of things a person can think up when they are alone in a major airport.
The video shows Dunn in various situations, lip-syncing to Celine Dion’s version of Eric Carmen’s ballad, “All By Myself.” He can be seen sitting alone in a ticketing gate, standing in front of the airport sign, and resting below the women’s restroom sign as he belts out the sincere words of a lonely heart.
According to New Brunswick based CBCNews, Dunn came up with the idea to use the song after searching for songs about being alone on Google. When he came across fellow Canadian, Celine Dion’s rendition of “All By Myself,” he knew what to do.
After 2:00 a.m., Dunn set to work preparing shots and figuring out how to make a DIY dolly. “He asked an airport mechanic for tape, which he used to secure his iPhone to a ruler. He’d sandwich the pole between luggage bags to secure it as a sort of tripod,” writes CBCNews.
The video hits a high point about halfway through, when the song starts to build up. Dunn puts his all into the acting, uses incredibly clever tricks for zooming and panning, and makes the whole thing look pretty pro.
For the big finale, Dunn strapped his iPhone to a bag and set it on top of an escelator, but had to rush to the top of the second floor in order to catch the bag before it got caught in the teeth of the escalator platform.
Dunn told CBCNews that the cleaning crew, who were the only other heartbeats in the lonely airport that night, were surprisingly unaffected by his antics. “I can only imaging what they seen in the LAS [the airport code for McLarran International] airport overnight,” he said.
Check out the full video below. It is worth five minutes of your time.