What happened to the viral “candles” video?

Earlier this year my brother-in-law brought up a great question. He asked me if I remembered the video where a dad was asking his children to say something nice to their mom for Mother’s Day. Each kid said something like, “I love you Mom,” or “You’re the best mom!” and then when the camera pans over to the last child, she’s covered in lipstick and says, “CANDLES!” It was quite funny, but you know what it isn’t? Anywhere to be found! 

After he asked me about it I did a little searching and sure enough, it doesn’t pop up on any relevant searches. A video that went viral can’t just disappear, can it? Surely there would be screen grabs of the little girl, and/or other people who saved the video and reposted it but it seems to be gone from the internet. 

So the search continues, and I’d love your help. First, do you know which video I’m talking about? Second, how can it just go poof and be gone? 

This is just crazy and frustrating and I’m determined to find it now. Noboby puts Baby in the corner!

-Out of the Wilderness

Making a successful/viral video

There are many ways for a video to go viral, but I’d like to focus on one: The candid shot when something crazy happens. It’s not enough to show a clip of an alligator crossing a street. But a turtle riding on the alligator’s back while it crosses the street? Now you’ve got something. Take look at this clip…


A lot of the clips in the video above illustrate my theory that your candid shot has to have at least 2 elements for it to go viral:

  1. The thing that may or may not be kinda cool on it’s own (i.e. a deer in the road)
  2. The completely wild element that makes the clip bazaar and amazing (i.e. 2 deer fighting in the road)

As you come across clips on YouTube and other websites, examine if they have one or both of these elements. When you’re shooting video, be on the lookout for that special ingredient that’ll take your video from mundane and common to extraordinary and rare!

-Out of the Wilderness

Second-by-Second Review of “Friday” by Rebecca Black

This is what music has come to, readers. Enjoy! Scroll down past the video to get my thoughts and synopsis of this song.


0:00 starts with a desk calendar featuring almost-familiar quotes for each weekday. Pencil video effect, nice touch.
0:03 I know watching this is a gigantic mistake.
0:11 clicked on the X to close annoying Mazda advertisement at the bottom of the screen.
0:12 the music video starts at midnight according to her clock. Hey Rebecca, 1993 called and they want their clock back.
0:30 so many words have been said. None have rhymed.
0:33 four friends show up in a convertible. Sweet. Now she can arrive at school in style.
0:36 slow motion waving. Slow motion peace sign.
0:42 she asks which seat she can take. Well, there’s 4 people and 5 seats. Can anyone say, backseat middle bump?
0:47 average looking friends “getting down” to chorus of song.
0:56 Ten and two, young man, ten and two.
1:00 backseat boy taps hand on car’s side, clearly off beat.
1:06 fun, fun, fun, fun. Wow, lots of fun.
1:08 sorta wishing I clicked on that Mazda ad.
1:10 evidently we don’t get to see the “fun” at school. Or what she ate for dinner. It’s already 7:45 and their unsafely driving around town with NO SEATBELTS ON! Billy Ray Cyrus would be proud.
1:10 car tires clearly not moving.
1:12 car dancing. I love car dancing. It’s almost as fun as car eating or car talking on the phone.
1:17 sprinkler dance: fail.
1:21 pink dress girl gets a shout out. “my friend is on my right.” Sorry other 3 girls in car. Maybe you’ll get a credit in her album liners.
1:24 car tires. Still not moving.
1:32 is she about to cry?
1:35 she still doesn’t know which seat to take. Listen, you’re already in the middle, just accept it and move on.
1:38 party time. Rebecca nearly clips friend when opening car door.
1:43 evidence for why there were at least 3 cars still there the next morning. This is not the year 3000! Headlights don’t turn themselves off, dorkwads.
1:47 is she getting more nasally? Is that possible?
1:51 pizza has arrived, party is moving indoors.
2:02 my favorite dance move she does: hands out, palms facing forward. Slight knee bend and lurch forward. Love it.
2:05 back to desk calendar and pencil video effect.
2:13 throughout the whole song I noticed her stellar grammar. Then this? How dare you, Rebecca. BTW, dropping the word “are” doesn’t make you street, Becc-dog! It doesn’t make you street. *sniff*
2:23 who knew learning the days of the week could be so educational and at the same time, so entertaining?
2:30 what is happening? Who is this?
2:41 why does seeing a school bus excite him?
2:46 can’t he sell drugs on weekdays, too?
2:49 evidently the party never went indoors like they led us to believe. Hollywood, uuuggghhhh.
2:58 poor tree. How long must it endure this song being replayed while shooting this video with no real way to retaliate? I miss the Lord of the Ring trees. They were awesome and they would’ve made things right.
3:10 ask the tree if it’s having “fun, fun, fun, fun.”
3:23 he must’ve caught up to the bus, he looks happy.
3:33 is it too late to click on the Mazda advertisement?
3:42 deep breaths. Deep breaths. How can I make up these 4 minutes? And the 30 minutes I spent writing this? UUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHH