I've been making videos since I was very young. I would set up a camcorder on a tripod and film myself, and make stop motion videos. Here's a video I made a few years ago that contains some of this footage.
In 2009, I did a video project called Odwick where I made a video every week. This was the best one. Was proud to have it featured on Kottke.
In 2010, I did a second season of Odwick, this time spending two weeks on each video. Here's the best one (IMO), a dreamy documentary about my brother Eric, a model.
This one's also interesting, a one-minute short conceived, performed, directed, and edited on mushrooms.
In 2006, Reggie Watts was mostly playing underground comedy clubs in New York and still hadn't been properly filmed. We arranged a playdate and created his internet debut (above) and then shot a bunch more over the years.
In 2013, I made a commercial for Thinglist, an Elepath app. It was heavily inspired by an old Jim Henson commercial, and was pretty weird. And unusually polarizing for an app ad.
I made this one in college, goofing around. I took a UCB class with Ali Fahranakian in 2000, which triggered an interest in improvisation in general.
This is the earliest known video on Vimeo, available at vimeo.com/2! No idea what happened to the first upload, I believe it just didn't work. February, 2005. Before selfies, before "social media". Video title was borrowed from a song by Cex, a close friend & collaborator at the time.
In 2007 I ended up on the set of a movie called The Ten, and got to interview Paul Rudd. I find this clip endearing because they all being so unguarded.
In 2006 I started "lip dubbing", which quickly became an enduring meme. Here was the very first one, which (unlike future lip dubs), was just one person.
The first "real" lip dub came a few months later, starring Connected Ventures (parent company of CollegeHumor, Vimeo, and Busted Tees). I say "real" because the lip dub concept really came into its own as a group thing (which was Jon Feldman's idea) - all the previous ones had been one or maybe two people.
The video went hyperviral and has been recreated so many times by so many different people, it's impossible to keep track. Just off the top of my head, they did it on The Simpsons, The Today Show, The Office, Girls, countless TV commercials, and a bunch of contests (Katy Perry, Macy's, etc).
It's so fun and weird to create something for fun and then watch it turn into an enduring global meme. I think it will be around forever because it's a great way to make a portrait of a group of people (of any size) with minimal production costs or conceptual work, while still leaving plenty of room for creativity, individuality, and 'team spirit'.
"Making of" the first group lip dub.