July 7, 2012

Mirror image: Maine video goes viral

A Portland man has a chat with himself by splicing an old video with new footage.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jeremiah McDonald, above, at age 32, has a talk with himself at age 12, below, in his YouTube video that went viral in about eight hours this week.

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The two get into an argument of sorts. It ends with the 12-year-old making faces and noises and burping.

"Charming," the 32-year-old says. "No wonder I'm still single."

The 32-year-old asks what the child was doing before he shot the video. The 12-year-old holds up a masterful drawing.

A faraway look spreads over the 32-year-old's face.

"I used to be an animator," he says nostalgically. "Then I got lazy and became a filmmaker."

Today, McDonald is just trying to take it all in -- while the emails keep piling into his inbox and his number of Twitter followers soars.

This isn't the first of his videos to go viral -- it's just the first one to do it so quickly.

His video "The Jazz Dispute" had gotten more than 677,000 views as of Friday night. "YouTube is My Life" had gotten more than 1.9 million views. It landed him a three-year acting gig under director John Lambert-Wild of the Comedie de Caen in France.

"Up until now, that was the craziest thing that happened to me," McDonald said.

As for the future?

"We're kind of playing it by ear," McDonald said. "I don't know how long this can sustain. You have to do something with it, and that's what I'm trying to figure out."

This weekend, 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City might just be the place for him to do that.

Staff Writer Randy Billings can be contacted at 791-6346 or at:

rbillings@mainetoday.com

Twitter: @randybillings

 

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