LAS VEGAS — Richard Dunn works as a lighting designer for corporate entertainment, but may have a future strictly in entertainment. The displaced Canadian now working in Georgia told CBC he recently accepted some Delta travel vouchers, offering his seat on two flights from Las Vegas that night for one in the morning, and was left to his own devices, namely his phone and iPad.
“I thought, ‘well I don’t have enough time to go to a hotel, so what to do?'” Dunn told CBC. “I’ve got my phone and an empty movie set, let’s see what trouble I can get into.”
After searching for songs about travel, but feeling uninspired, he started thinking about the loneliness of the airport terminal and a guilty pleasure of his.
“And then our dear Canadian sister started streaming in my headphones, “All by myself” and thought, ‘that’s it, that’s pure movie gold,” Dunn told CBC.
Once McCarran International Airport had cleared at about 2 a.m., he started filming his own lip-synced rendition of “All by myself.” An airport mechanic gave him some tape for a makeshift iPad tripod and Dunn proceeded to shoot and upload his video to Vimeo, which has now surpassed more than 1.5 million plays.
He told CBC that cleaning crews didn’t seem particularly interested in his production.