Aptos dad who sent train to space makes new DIY videos for family projects
APTOS, Mar 20, 2013 (Santa Cruz Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Capitalizing on the success of a viral YouTube video about sending his son's toy train into space, Aptos filmmaker Ron Fugelseth is at it again with a new series of do-it-yourself videos for families.
Fugelseth launched his latest clip, "A Toy Train in Flight," Tuesday on YouTube. The video shows him and his 4-year-old son, Jayden, and 2-year-old daughter, Izzy, adding simple attachments to a leaf blower in their backyard. Flipping on the blower, they levitate toys and balls for hours of children's entertainment.
The idea for the latest video came out of responses from some of the 4 million viewers of "A Toy Train in Space," which landed Fugelseth and his family on "Katie," the Katie Couric show, in September.
"With so many parents asking me how to do this or what equipment to use, I thought, why don't I come up with something super easy and fun to do " Fugelseth said.
The result is the nearly 2-minute clip, which is expected to be the first of many do-it-yourself videos in the next few months.
Fugelseth, 36, made the "Toy Train in Space" video as a fun project between work for clients for his old Santa Cruz-based motion graphics company, Oxygen Productions Inc.
Since then, he has started a new company, Rail Digital Inc., in part to make do-it-yourself videos of simple family projects. Companies like Disney and Build.com have talked with him about potential collaborations.
encouraging parents to interact with their kids," Fugelseth said.
He said he was still a little stunned about being called the "ultimate dad" by some viewers of the "Toy Train in Space video. Now, he said he thought it was funny that some considered him an expert in viral video."
Television producers also have come calling since his big break in September.
In January, Fugelseth went to Roswell, N.M., to shoot a segment for "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy."
The show on the History Channel recreated parts of the Toy Train in Space project -- which used a weather balloon to launch a Thomas the Train toy into the stratosphere and record its parachute descent back to Earth.
"They flew me out and I had to quickly pull all the equipment together. We ran around chasing (parachutes) all day," Fugelseth said.
The show's air date has not been set.
Since the viral video, Fugelseth also was asked to speak at an academic symposium at the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time. Among topics like atom interferometry and laser ranging to the moon, he talked about how his son's train.
"They had all these really intelligent people standing up, and then they had me," Fugelseth said.
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Ron Fugelseth on the web
To check out all Fugelseth's videos, viewers can subscribe to his YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/RonIsNeat or like his page on Facebook at facebook.com/RailDigital
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