Lip Dub: a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song.
Lip Dub: A fun way to involve an entire school building into one lesson for a Mass Communications class at Lakeland High School.
On Monday afternoon, Jason Schackow’s Mass Communication class finished the term by getting the entire school involved with their class project, a lip dub based on the song “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida.
The premise: In one continuous shot, a camera travels through the entire school as students lip synch with the music as other students in the school, dressed in costumes, team uniforms or other gear, dance and generally have a good time.
Over the course of four minutes, the camera rolls down the hallways, through classroomsn and ends up flying down a zip line to center court to show the entire student body in the bleachers cheering.
The class spent about a month planning the lip dub and getting the involvement of the entire student body and staff. Schackow noted that it was difficult spreading the vision of the video to get everyone on board. “We had to coordinate the movements of over 700 people in a four-minute time frame,” Schackow stated. “We all started at separate parts of the building, but had to finish in the gym.”
That took some logistics that the students had to figure out. The 25 students in the class worked in groups to plan and execute specific parts of the video, meeting daily to coordinate between the groups to make sure everything matched up. “The hardest part of the setup for the students was deciding on the route we were going to take through the school. The timing had to be perfect to hit the correct parts of the song that we wanted,” Schackow said. Then, to top it off, they had to work out the routes for all 700-plus students to quickly and safely make their way into the gym for the finale.
“My favorite part of the whole experience was how well the students owned the process,” Schackow said. “We had a team of 25 students that had to work up a plan and execute the plan. The learning they did wasn’t out of a TV manual. It was done in the field with a camera. To watch them solve all the problems they ran into during this project was extremely invigorating.”
As the camera rolled through the school, it was clear that the students and staff were having a great time participating. It was also a fun way to end the last day of the grading period.
But was it enough fun that they want to do it again? “The student body is very excited about doing another video next year,” Schackow said. However, they’ll wait until next year’s Mass Media course to put it all together. In the meantime, though, “I think we’ve created quite a few aspiring directors now,” Schackow noted.
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