#YouTubeRewind: Now Watch Me 2015

Portal A & YouTube Team Up To Create One Rewind To Rule Them All


Over the course of our many years collaborating with YouTube on the epic celebration of all things Internet – YouTube Rewind – we’ve developed an approach that is extremely effective.

Step 1: Watch and follow an ungodly number of YouTube videos and creators.

Step 2: Come up with an idea that may or may not be possible to make.

Step 3: Realize what we just did to ourselves.

Step 4: Panic, fear, denial.

Step 5: Get to work.

This year, we followed our tried-and-true formula…and upped the ante.

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of YouTube, and so, in addition to paying homage to The Nae Nae, The Dress, and Shia Lebeouf’s Just Do It, we also threw it back to some of the biggest YouTube hits ever, including The Evolution of Dance, Coke & Mentos, Double Rainbow, and many more.

By the time the dust settled, this year’s Rewind had distinguished itself as our most ambitious Rewind to date, with 21 days of shooting around the world, 18 countries represented, and over 150 YouTube creators in total.

We traveled from the desert of central Mexico to the countryside of southern England, from studio sets in New York City to ocean barges in Los Angeles. And over three months of development and production, we crossed a number of firsts off our bucket list (turn a swimming pool on a barge into a massive ballpit…cheeeck!) and consumed an untold amount of airport breakfast sandwiches.

Please see below for the full production credits and watch the video here.

As is true every year, the highlight of the Rewind process was meeting and collaborating with an incredibly diverse and passionate group of YouTube creators around the world. The creators in Rewind were extraordinarily generous with their time and spirit and it’s their performances that make Rewind an unmissable event.

In addition to our incredible lineup of talent, we are (hashtag) blessed to be able to collaborate with the the hardest working production and creative teams known to the Internet.

From our international production partners who made miracles happen (right after they asked if we were serious), to our set designers who meticulously recreated the biggest sets of the year, to our tireless production crew, to our superhuman line-up of Portal A producers, writers, project managers, and editors – everyone who worked on this project believes in the power of Rewind, and went above and beyond at each step of the way.

Now that the sleepless nights are behind us, we are so excited to share Rewind with the world. As a company that grew up on YouTube and that draws inspiration from the platform every day, it’s a true honor to be able to lead this project forward. Thank you, YouTube.

We hope you enjoy Rewind 2015. Here’s to another 10 years!

Team Portal A



YouTube Rewind 2015 Created by Portal A
Directed by Kai Hasson
Head of Production: Finley Wise
Executive Producers: Nate Houghteling, Zach Blume, Kai Hasson
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
Director of Photography: Alex Jacobs
Lead Editor: Arturo Morales
Assistant Editor: Jake Keller
Production Designer: Christian Stone
Wardrobe Designer: Ayumi Moore
1st AD: Finley Wise, Scott Larkin
2nd AD: Brendan Nahmias, Kenji Chris Green, Samson Haveland
Music Director: Nate Houghteling
DJ/Music Producer: The Hood Internet
Featuring an Original Remix by Avicii
Additional Mixing: Greg “GBall” Magers |The Attic
Music Mastering: Collin Jordan | Boiler Room Mastering
Sound Design: Brent Kiser | Unbridled Sound
Field Mixer: Meghan Underwood
Steadicam Operator/2nd Unit DP: Bryant Swanstrom
2nd Unit Director: Morgan Wise
Copywriters: Sam Jackson, Ariel Fisher
Designer: Tess Hannel
Concept Artists: Ben Chuang, Anthony Satter, David Green
VFX: Cinesaurus
Choreographers: AXYZM | @axyzm , HOK | @hokutokonishi, Phillip Chbeeb | @phillipchbeeb , Moon | @dimoonzhang
Music Licensing: Julie Wadley | Say Yes! Music
Color Correction: Kristopher Smales | Moving Picture Company
Color Producer: Rebecca Boorsma | Moving Picture Company
Talent Producers: Kalli Sandberg, Brendan Nahmias, Brittani Kagen
Talent Coordinator: Conner McCabe
Line Producer: Finley Wise


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


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


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


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


Director of Photography: Ryan Hart
Director: Morgan Wise

A big thank you to Hook (digital) and Big Spaceship (social) for being a part of the Rewind magic.


for #YouTubeRewind: Now Watch Me 2015