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Alum and visual effects artist credited with creating first viral video

Friday, January 8, 2016

Bruce BranitKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bruce Branit could be considered a legend in the viral video arena.

Bravo TV recently credited Branit and Jeremy Hunt with creating the first internet video to go viral back in 2000 with “405: The Movie".

“That was before Youtube. Five years before YouTube so that’s originally million, millions views of people downloading a QuickTime and clicking play,” said Branit.

Branit believes the total views could be over half a billion.

“As far as we can tell it’s half a billion views, not counting China because we can’t count China,” said Branit.

Branit says the experience opened up doors for the duo despite already having Emmy nominations under his belt.

In the time since the video, Branit has worked on effects for shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Fringe” but “LOST” was the first time he found himself working on a show that he was a fan of.

“Which has it’s downside because you get to bid on shots that are huge spoilers like four months in advance so you kind of have the show spoiled for you,” said Branit, who worked on three of LOST’s six seasons.

After 10 years in Los Angeles, Branit made his move back to Kansas City, where he has been since 2004.  Read more.



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