YouTube Rewind 2015: Now Watch Me

For the last day of 2015 we provide an close up look at YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015, with pop culture references, a list of all sixteen Easter eggs. Filmed in Los Angeles, New York City, the south of England, Las Vegas and Mexico City, the video provides not only a tribute to the hits and stars of 2015, but also to memes from 2005 through to the present. The YouTube Rewind 2015 video was produced at Portal A Interactive.

YouTube Rewind 2015

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The video begins with a nod to the Ad Council Love Has No Labels campaign, with a skeleton dancing to a mashup of OMI’s “Cheerleader” and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”. YouTube star Lilly “Superwoman” Singh pops out from behind the screen and dances in front of a wall painted like the LGBT Pride flag before jumping into a ball pit, a tribute to Roman Atwood’s ‘Crazy Plastic Ball Prank’.

YouTube Rewind 2015 Barge

A beach scene provides an entire choreographed routine to a segment of “Cheerleader”. A sand sculpture spells out Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the name of the Welsh town named by Channel 4 News weatherman Liam Dutton.

We move to a basketball gymnasium in New York City to see the 100 Years of Nae Nae, in which ten dancers perform the same routine in five different years: 1925, 1955, 1965, 1985 and 2015. Heaven King brings in her rendition of Silento’s song “Watch Me.” Portal A filmed a group of 10 dancers performing the same routine set in five different time periods: the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and present day. Banners on the wall refer to archery championships.

YouTube Rewind 2015 dancers

We’re taken down to the countryside outside Mexico City to see Latin American YouTube stars dancing on a bus, a reference to Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s music video for “Lean On”. YouTube-star-turned-TV-host Grace Helbig does some carpool karoake with “The Late Late Show” host James Corden in the front seat (reference to Justin Bieber/James Corden) and fire erupts from an electric guitar atop the bus “Mad Max”-style.

Dean Smith’s 365 Day Proposal video is connected with Shia LaBeouf’s “Just Do It” Motivational Speech.

The release of two new versions of Five Nights at Freddy’s video game is connected with the popularity of NY Pizza Rat.

YouTube Rewind 2015 Five Nights at Freddy's

Rival groups of YouTube stars dressed in blue-and-black or white-and-gold lip-sync battling in the cage from Sia’s music video for Elastic Heart while a remix of The Weeknd’s song by The Hood Internet plays in the background, a reference perhaps to the Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon.

YouTube Rewind 2015

The Ten Year section, February 14 2005 to December 9 2015, introduced with a screen reminiscent of Back to the Future, provides tributes to the Ice Bucket meme (2014), the Volvo Trucks Split (2013), Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k for Red Bull (2012), Rebecca Black Friday (2011), Double Rainbow Guy (2010), The Lonely Island I’m On A Boat (featuring T-Pain) (2009), JK Wedding Entrance Dance (2009), Charlie Bit My Finger (2007), Mentos and Coke Eruption (2005) and Evolution of Dance (2006).
YouTube Rewind 2005-2015
YouTube Rewind 2015 Ice Bucket challenge
YouTube Rewind 2015 Double Rainbow
YouTube Rewind 2015 Slo Mo Guys
YouTube Rewind 2015 JK Wedding Dance
YouTube Rewind 2015 Evolution of Dance

Easter Eggs

Beaches Made for Dancin’ (1/16)
Flula’s Boom Boom Dance Squad Assembles (2/16)
Heaven King. Like A BOSS. (4/16)
Left Shark Is the Best Shark (5/16)
Miranda Sings. Epic Wedding Proposal. Just Do It. (6/16)
Meet El Rubius (7/16)
JUST Porta DOs Fundos IT (8/16)
Barely Productions. Productions Barely (9/16)
Where R My Friends? (10/16)
Gold Or Black? (11/16)
A Cage Never Looked So Good (12/16)
That Bear Tho (13/16)
Five Nights at Rewind (14/16)
T-pain on a Dolphin (15/16)
Matt Smith On Breakfast (16/16)

Actors

IISuperwomanII, Kingsley Connor, Franta Rosanna Pansino, DOSEofFOUSEY, Mamrie Hart, Bart Baker, Gigi Gorgeous, Flula, MissRemiAshten, hairodynamic, Shelby Church, Anna Akana, Brizzy Voices, Tara Michelle, Tealaxx2, What’s Trending, Lana McKissack, OmgHarrisonWebb, From Head To Toe, Kenzie Elizabeth Mary Elizabeth, MakeupbyMandy24, thatsojack, Alexa Losey, MyCupcakeAddiction, Veritasium, Nikki Limo, Lauren Giraldo, Ultra Music, PrankvsPrank, Dianne King, Alx James, Drew Tabor, Arlyne Sanjines, JaclynGlenn, HolaSoyGerman, enchufetv, Yuya, LosPolinesios, CaELiKe, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Grace Helbig, Dean Smith, Miranda Sings, JoeyGraceffa, LaserUnicorns, SQUEEZE, Porta dos Fundos, malena010102, はじめしゃちょー(hajime,)ssin, 씬님, sWooZie, NORMAN FAIT DES VIDÉOS, elrubiusOMG, Werevertumorro, エグスプロージョン チャンネル, EeOneGuy, TheViralFeverVideos, 木下ゆうか, Yuka Kinoshita, Paint, dangmattsmith, Matthew Santoro, Just Between Us, lisbug, Sophia Grace, Keenan Cahill, Christian Figueiredo, Brooklyn and Bailey, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Laura in the Kitchen, Rclbeauty101, くまみき/, Kumamiki, Vsauce2, LastWeekTonight, Rob Dyke, The Game Theorists, OMGitsfirefoxx, iHasCupquake, GameGrumps, Smosh Games, CaptainSparklez, Rhodes Bros, MyLifeAsEva, Ricky Dillon, Bethany Mota, todrickhall, Elissa Colón, jennxpenn, The Young Turks, iJustine, Wasabi Productions, lohanthony, Raymond Braun, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Rebecca Zamolo, Maddi Bragg, clothes encounters, Trevor Moran, Zoella, PewDiePie, The Gregory Brothers, CaseyNeistat, Marques Brownlee, LaurDIY, PointlessBlog, Cameron Dallas, Ray William Johnson, JennaMarbles, BuzzFeedVideo, rebecca, MyHarto, Ingrid Nilsen, GloZell, Green, Yosemitebear62, Smosh Tyler, Oakley, TPainVEVO, ANDY, LeFloid, BibisBeautyPalace, Dner, Julienco, danisnotonfire, AmazingPhil, Good Mythical Morning, Judson Laipply, The Slow Mo Guys, Fine Brothers Entertainment.

Credits

Filming was shot by director/executive producer Kai Hasson at Portal A Interactive, with head of production/line producer Finley Wise, executive producers Nate Houghteling and Zach Blume, project director Emma White, senior producers Jacob Motz, Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto, producers Kenji Chris Green, Brendan Nahmias, Jenny Leaf, production coordinators Bouket Fingerhut, Zac Pendergrass, copywriters Sam Jackson and Ariel Fisher, designer Tess Hannel, concept artists Ben Chuang, Anthony Satter, David Green, director of photography Alex Jacobs, lead editor Arturo Morales, assistant editor Jake Keller, production designer Christian Stone, wardrobe designer Ayumi Moore, 1st ADs Finley Wise, Scott Larkin, 2nd ADs Brendan Nahmias, Kenji Chris Green, Samson Hageland, music director Nate Houghteling, steadicam operator/2nd Unit DP Bryant Swanstrom, 2nd Unit director Morgan Wise.

Talent was managed by producers Kalli Sandberg, Brendan Nahmias, Brittani Kagen, and coordinator Conner McCabe. Choreographers were AXYZM, HOK, Phillip Chbeeb and Moon.

Music was produced by DJ/music producer The Hood Internet, featuring an original remix by Avicii. Additional mixing was by Greg “GBall” Magers at The Attic. Music mastering was by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room. Sound was designed by Brent Kiser at Unbridled Sound with Gladtime Audio field mixer Meghan Underwood. Music was licensed by Julie Wadley at Say Yes! Music.

Visual effects were produced at Cinesaurus. Colour correction was by Khristopher Smales at MPC with producer Rebecca Boorsma.

LOS ANGELES PRODUCTION

1st AC: Giselle Gonzales, Nate Garcia, Jake Bianco | 2nd AC: Elver Hernandez, Matt Schouten
B Camera Focus Puller: Arthur Zajac
Gaffer: Evan Cox | Best Boy Electric: David Klassen
Key Grip: Anthony Yamamoto | Best Boy Grip: Jake “Goose” Fandell, Dennis Ivarsson | Grip: Eric Hunter, William Preston, Nick Lundstrom, Mike Mauceri, Jake Fandel, Steven Buehler, Mike Blevins
Behind the Scenes: Brandon Kapelow, Tanner Hall, Bobby Moser, Drew Heskett, Brendan Nahmias
Set Decorator: Paula Zimmerman | Leadman: Kevin Dwyer | Painter: Juan Ramal | Carpenter: Tom Bruck
Set Dressers: Davon Stallworth, Parker Brooks, John Bentjen, Chris Herbert, Petra Vasvari, Ryan Johnson, Gabe Stone
Wardrobe Assistants: Hannah Kim, Aqua Risenhoover, Joey Phillips
Key Makeup & Hair: Erin Nichols, Erica Preus, Mo Meinhart, Abby Lyle
Makeup & Hair Assistant: Gabriela Quiñonez
Data Manager: Matt Schouten, Daniel Woiwode
Production Assistants: Kris Johnson, Robbie Johnson, Amber DuPree, Aaron Kaskowitz, Will Gormley, Bengamen Riggan, Josh Williams, Gregory Kohn, Michael Machin, Bradley Athens, Conner McCabe
Dancers: Miriam Doblas Munoz, Patricia Reyes Alvarez, Kelci Schuman, Jasmine Lenae Jenkins, Subin Choi, Emilio Dosal, Can Nguyen, Brian “BQEWL” Smith, Liza Riabinina, Aaron Hicks
Set Medic: Jake Howard, Jose Hernandez, Melanie Gonzalez
Catering: Impeccable Taste Catering, Judd’s Catering
Boat supplied by OnBoat

UK PRODUCTION

Production Services: Leap Productions
Fixer: Naomi Coates
Production Assistants: Derran Hufford, Andrius Vystartas, Sam Hopkins
Director of Photography: Bryant Swanstrom
1st AC: James Melrose
Phantom Technician: Stephen Price
Jib Operator: Joe Mac
Gaffer: Mark Brennan, John Hearn
Behind the Scenes: Leigh Bloomfield, Fergus Dingle
Art Director: Chris Williams
Art Assistants: Toby Caldicott, Gus Mallet, Bingo McMellon
Makeup & Wardrobe: Amber Childs
Stunt Coordinator: Bill Davey
Stunt Assistant: Simon Mitchell

MEXICO PRODUCTION

Executive Producer: Arturo Falconer de la Muela, Ricardo Gaspar de Alba Quiroz | Chapulte Pictures
Producer: Aremi Huerta Herrera
1st AD: Kiko Morah
Video Assist Operator: Alejandro Jiménez Bouret, Miguel Angel Jiménez Bouret
Art Director: Tania Zelaya Alger
Art Assistants: Sandra Germán, Elia Andrade, Ricardo Vinos, Manuel Santana, Eligio Tenorio, Carlos Martínez, Alexis Morales, Diego Ayala
Stunt Coordinator: Pablo Vinos
Production Assistants: Diana Guerra, Alvaro Castellanos
Location Manager: Salvador López |Location Assistant: Iván Bosh Franco
Gaffer: Giberto Sánchez | Best Boy Electric: Víctor Rocha
Wardrobe Designer: Ifigenia Martínez Urdanetta, Valentina Martínez
Makeup and Hair: Andrea del Valle
1st AC: Carlos Carreto Sánchez
Behind the Scenes: Diego Vargas, Luis Celis
Camera Operator: Leonardo Hernández Sánchez
Scorpio Head Operator: Alberto Ramírez | Scorpio Crane Operator: Joaquin TlaxcaltecoLights Operator: Cesar Islas
Data Manager: Héctor Vargas Cárdenas
Camper Operator: Juan Esparza, Roberto Christian
Van Driver: Saud Alcantara, Alberto Hernández, César González, Óscar Arellano, Federico de Ávila
X Ray Truck Driver: Julio Cesar López
School Bus Operator: Pictures Cars
Camera Car: Chivata Action Cars
Equipment Rental: CTT RETAILS
Catering: Marios Catering

NEW YORK PRODUCTION

Producer: Gabe Munitz-Alessio
Associate Producer: Melissa Kovner
2nd Unit Director: Ben Harrison
Production Assistants: Jon Bewley, Anthony Asaro, Emilia Belinska, Ricky Derosa, Allie Doughty, Luke Carr, Paul Wallace
A Cam 1st AC: Joseph Bearese | B Cam 1st AC: John Pope | C Cam 1st AC: Adam Richlin | 2nd AC: Kate Montgomery | 1st AC: Kat Castro
Behind the Scenes: Bryan Margaca
Gaffer: Ashton J. Harrewyn, Oliver Rush
Key Grip: Ethan June, Adam Richlin | Best Boy Grip: Corey Jacobs | Grip: Kenneth Kildee
Best Boy Electric: Oliver Rush | Electrician: Danny Weiss
Swing: Toby Orzano
Data Manager: Mike Mazzotta
SFX: Oliver Rush, Danny Weiss
Key Makeup and Hair: Paige Campbell
Makeup & Hair Assistant: Christina Nicole
Wardrobe Assistants: Lex Robinson, Allie Doughty
Dancers: Phillip Chbeeb, Tamm Rapp, Daniella Boz, Doris Josie Cano, Satoko Mori, Erick Footmann, Sandro Corea Jr, Zaquan Champ
Truck Driver: Joseph Chioafalo
Set Medic: Arina Artamoshina, Alyssa Inguaggiato
Location Manager: Joe Bednarsh

LAS VEGAS PRODUCTION

Director of Photography: Ryan Hart
Director: Morgan Wise