ParkRidge47 Speaks Out

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 30, 2007 2:05pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Parker Reports: YouTube has posted a digital interview with Phil de Vellis, creator of the ’1984′ anti-Clinton ad.   

De Vellis, sitting in front of his MacBook computer, began innocously, "Thanks for having me on to answer some questions for YouTube users.  My real name is Phil de Vellis and I live in Washington, D.C."

Asked by ‘Steve’ of YouTube why he made the ad, de Vellis replied, "I made the ‘Vote Different’ ad because I wanted to make a statement about the primary.  I think the ad speaks for itself."

"I realized that if I used this ad, I might not only get people who are interested in politics to watch it but people that are interested in Apple as well," said de Vellis.

However de Vellis admitted he was stunned by the attention his ad received, and said he initially just hoped it would be passed around some "progressive blogs." 

"I had no idea it was going to wind up on TV," he said.

Asked why he posted the ad anonymously, de Vellis, who used to be roommates with the Senate press secretary of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., de Vellis said, "For one, I’m unemployed right now which is something I realized would happen if I was ever discovered."

"There are many reasons why people might want to remain anonymous," he added. "They might be shy, they might be worried about losing their job like me, and in some cases they might even fear for their lives," said de Vellis.

De Vellis said he made the ad using a MacBook, adding that he used the software FinalCutPro, Motion and Photoshop to edit Ridley Scott’s ’1984′ Apple ad.

"The ad was incredibly easy to mashup," revealed de Vellis. "All you need to do is swap out a few screens and change the logo and you completely change the context of the ad."

In the 4:27 minute interview, de Vellis said he is a big fan of Apple and the "thoughts behind" Apple products and had recently read George Orwell’s "1984".

De Vellis had words of advice for YouTube users pursuing their own videos.

"Be persistent, it takes a while for some of these videos to take off," he said. "Hang in there and keep on making videos that you believe in."

He said YouTube is playing a huge role in politics, though he insisted, "You ain’t seen nothing yet."

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