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Man stuck in empty Las Vegas airport makes epic music video

Man stuck in empty Las Vegas airport makes epic music video

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jun 10, 2014

What would you do if your flights were canceled and you were trapped in an empty airport?

Most people would probably try to take an uncomfortable nap in the hard plastic chairs or on the less-than-clean floor. Or maybe the traveler would read a book or play on their cellphone or computer.

But not lighting designer Richard Dunn. He decided to make a music video.

Dunn, who lives in Georgia, became stuck recently at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. There wasn't enough time to go to a hotel and the airport was almost completely empty.

Dunn told CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) News that he googled songs about being alone and came across Celine Dion's version of the Eric Carmen classic "All By Myself."

Dunn, who is originally from Canada, immediately knew he had found exactly the right song.

Next, he borrowed some luggage tape from an airport employee and taped his iPhone to a tall pole on the back of a wheel chair.

For his big finale, Dunn strapped his iPhone to a bag and set it on an escalator so that the camera zooms out on him. It was a risky shot though, and required him to sprint quickly to the top of the escalator to retrieve the bag and camera before it came to an abrupt stop and tumbled back down.

Dunn also told CBC News that the cleaning crews, who were apparently the only people in the airport, were "surprisingly undeterred" by his video shoot.

Of course, he did film it in an airport in Las Vegas. It may have been the most normal thing they had seen all week.

The video has been viewed more than 2.8 million times as of early Wednesday morning.

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to