Getting 1,500 high schoolers to do anything together is a bit like herding cats.
Video production students at Oak Harbor High School managed to pull off a music video Friday called a Lip Dub that featured every kid in school.
So what exactly is a Lip Dub?
“I describe it as a mass music video,” said video production teacher Chris Douthitt. “It has to involve a large group of people. It has to be shot in one continuous shot.”
Teachers and students lined classrooms and hallways. They dressed with verve — lab coats, softball uniforms, theater costumes, sailor’s hats, tuxedos, a welding helmet, lettermen’s jackets.
The cameraman used a Steadicam and traveled through the entire school as another student lugged a boom box with the tunes. Along the way the students hammed it up.
After the camera passed, the students sprinted to the gym for one final shot of everyone in the school dancing and singing “Fame” style.
In all they did three takes.
“This was a real workout for the kids,” Douthitt said. “They had to keep running back to the gym. A lot of them were exhausted.”
The video took months of meticulous planning and the cooperation of school teachers and administrators.
The Lip Dub should be posted this week. A link can be found online at the Wildcat TV page at www.wildcattv.us and on the OHHS Lip Dub Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OHHSLipDub2016/
The best part, said freshman Q. White, was “seeing everyone come together in the school for one event.” He wore a bathrobe spotted like a cow over his clothes and carried a trumpet.
This is Oak Harbor High School’s third Lip Dub and the first for this crop of students.
The local movement took off in 2009 when Shorewood High School created a super-cool Lip Dub that the students performed in reverse.
That video has been viewed by more than 2 million people on YouTube.
Now area high schools compete against each other for the best Lip Dub. This year’s offering should put Oak Harbor in the mix.
The video features a medley of favorite songs from popular films and an original version of “Hooray for Hollywood” performed by Oak Harbor High School singers.
They also flashed green screens during the filming, which will be superimposed with movie scenes.
“What I like is the school spirit,” said principal Dwight Lundstrom. “Even for the kids to pull this together and make it work is quite an accomplishment.”