Seattle, Washington Where the Hell is Matt?: The Motion Picture

The video is all but done. Just tweaking colors and audio mix at this point.

On Monday I showed it at YouTube’s main office. They invited me to come speak there a while back and I took them up on it now that I’ve got something new to show. The reaction was great and they’re all set to feature it on Friday morning. In terms of getting the video seen, that is a very big deal.

Last night we had the premiere at the Big Picture in Seattle. It’s a sort of boutique movie theater that you can rent out for events. Melissa and I invited all our friends and family. It was a pretty easy audience to please, but I didn’t expect the kind of guffaws that it got. My mom said it was one of the highlights of her life, so I’m still coasting on that.

I realize it’s a bit odd to drag people into a movie theater to watch an internet video. Four and a half minutes goes by pretty fast. But how often do you get an opportunity to do something like that?

I played the video off a USB stick plugged into my Xbox360. After it finished, we played Rock Band on the 20 foot screen — which was actually the real motivation behind the whole event.

Folks kept asking to see the old videos, so I put them on and then quickly realized it’d been months/years since I’d actually watched any of them. It struck me how slow and tranquil they are compared to the new one. I’m so used to the swirling mass of life/global dance party that I’ve been corraling these last few months, I’d forgotten how kind of…well…boring the old videos are. Maybe my attention span has just gotten shorter.

I heard the best line of the night while paying the bar tab for 70 people. My friend, Wynn, caught a glimpse of the final number.

"That’s not a bar tab. That’s a radio station!"

I suppose he meant on the AM band.

14 Responses to Seattle, Washington Where the Hell is Matt?: The Motion Picture

  1. Ed

    Broke my heart to miss it – Revenge for the bar tabs in Victoria ;D

    Now I will have to wait until Friday at 6PM. Hey! Your countdown clock running a few minutes slow, isn’t it?

  2. Rosemarie

    Congratulations Matt! 4.5 mins., wow! I cannot wait to see it on Fri.! How bout a sneak peak? Added 3 new fans to your fan list today, showed the 2006 Video to people who had never heard of you, and they became instant fans!

    What will you do next???? Okay, okay, forget I asked!

  3. Rosemarie

    Congratulations Matt! 4.5 mins., wow! I cannot wait to see it on Fri.! How bout a sneak peak? Added 3 new fans to your fan list today, showed the 2006 Video to people who had never heard of you, and they became instant fans!

    What will you do next???? Okay, okay, forget I asked!

  4. Congratulations Matt, I’m looking forward to Friday. It really has been a pleasure to read your blogs that past few years and see the videos behind your travels. You’ll “STRIDE” right into your next venture and come out smelling of roses too. Start a television program on the Travel Channel ~ Write a humorous travel book~ Marry Melissa!

  5. It has to be a pretty special feeling having 70 people show up in person to watch four and a half minutes of random strangers dancing badly on an enormous screen, because you asked them to.

  6. JOHANNA

    Matt, I can’t wait to see the new video! I hope you decided to use the take we did in Miami where everyone came out dancing from behind you :)))

  7. LittleKroll

    I got the countdown up at home…..and at work. Trying to get everyone as pumped as I am!

  8. Jenni

    MATT!!
    Fantastic! We cannot wait to see the new video .. goat on a bike and all! I love that YouTube is featuring it as well, cuz I mean HELLO??!!! It is harder then heck to get up on the front page anymore. I’m still proud ours was, even though it was like 3 years ago now.

    Seriously thrilled and so excited for the next one! BTW, LOVE your debut to your family idea, and the huge gaming screen.

    Can’t wait til the release!

    Jenni & Family

  9. Maria

    I see that is is PST and I’m in another time zone, but mislead cos the counter hit zero………. so I’ll another 3hours

    Ok, can’t wait

    Maria

  10. Connie from Maryland

    Being of the older generation, I just heard of you, and watched your video. It brought tears to my eyes to see all of the people in all of those different countries dancing with you. Made me feel good about the world.

    Thank you.

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