My wife participates in races around the maritimes. I usually travel with her to cheer her on and I always shoot a quick video of the start of the race and upload it to YouTube such as I've done with the Blue Nose Marathon and Maritime Race Weekend.
This was my first time at the Prince Edward Island Marathon. I wished my wife the best of luck as she got in the start line and I set up my shot to film the race. I start recording, the start gun goes off, and I see a vehicle come into my shot. I zoom out trying to find a place to shoot around the car but realize the shot I originally wanted is gone and I just roll with what I've got.
If you listen closely you can actually hear a spectator say, "Get out of the way, Go! Go!" about 10 seconds into the video.
Once back in Nova Scotia I decided to upload the video without any cuts. The zoom and shake really added to the chaos taking place on the screen. I figured my parents and maybe a few friends would get a kick out of it.
The next day I found out the video started going viral. Broadcasters from around the world were calling and emailing me about it.
As a videographer I've only ever used YouTube as a means to release my clients video projects and films. Nothing like this.
Having a video go viral on YouTube was an interesting experience. How do you create a viral video? It's all just based on luck.
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