Mark Zuckerberg got everyone the same present for Facebook’s 10th anniversary: Personalized, cornball retrospective slideshows, which automatically pull photos and status messages from every user’s timeline (slash “wall,” if you really want to get Facebook retro) and set their progression to a Google-ad-esque orchestral tune. The whole thing, in fact, seems pretty clearly inspired by Google’s emotionally manipulative (but extremely well-made) commercials, right down to the way the slideshow swipes from one image to the next.
But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that enterprising South African comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues decided to spoof the slideshows by creating one for Walter White’s theoretical Facebook profile. The result is a video that tracks Walt’s journey from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to meth kingpin to broken, sickly dead man walking – all in a single minute. And yes, the pizza on the roof does make an appearance.
“I’m a massive fan of the show, and I made the video just as a bit of a tribute thing – because the day that those Facebook look back videos started getting made…I was really start getting quite bored of seeing my friends’ look backs,” says Derick Watts founder Nic Smal, who made the video. “And then I just figured, Walter White has got such a journey – he would be such a cool character to see a look back for.” That night, Smal created the video using Adobe After Affects; he uploaded it, quickly deleted version 1.0, made a couple of tweaks (including that all-important pizza shot), put it back on YouTube… and the rest is viral video history.
Maybe if someone sets it to Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You,” we’ll really have something.