A light rain began to fall, when all of a sudden, a ridiculously tall model ran past me in a bikini. It took me a moment to realize what was going on. It turns out that she was part of a photo shoot, and her hair and makeup couldn't get wet. Despite her high heels, she bolted past me to take cover under the scaffolding.
I have to admit that I was shocked when the video began getting so many hits on YouTube. That gave me the idea: why don't I purposely try to create a viral video. I convinced myself it couldn't be very hard if my effortless video attracted to much attention.
Racking my brain for ideas, I took inspiration from the America's Cup World Cup sailboat races. They were taking place in Newport, RI and there was quite a bit of media attention focused on the event. I have an odd sense of humor, but once in a while, others find it funny. Funny works well on YouTube.
I was familiar with the great yachtsman, Sir Thomas Lipton. I decided to make a small skit with a model sailboat I had lying around the house. At first, I was going to go to a lake and make the skit there. I axed that idea when I realized the logistics wouldn't work. Using a basic Sony Cyber Shot camera, I had to keep it simple.
Thinking, thinking thinking, then all of a sudden, it hit me like a freight train. I was in the bathroom, of all places, looking down at the water in the bowl. The blue cube-like drops that I put into the tank turned the water a brilliant blue. It was perfect! I would use the toilet bowl as a makeshift ocean!!!!
I leaned a painting of a sailboat against the toilet tank while the model yacht was in the bowl. To make it extra special, I placed a few tiny model ships on the toilet sill. It looked pretty good! The script I wrote was ridiculous. Using my best Sir Thomas Lipton voice, I shouted generic yachting commands, while giving the viewer a bit of historical information.
So far, the video is far from viral. It has all of 6 hits, although one viewer was from Australia. I've found that some videos take time to build up steam, while others take off right away. Hopefully this video is a late bloomer. Enjoy!