MOORHEAD – About 1,400 students, 2,200 balloons, 23 pounds of confetti and two weeks of planning have payed off for students and teachers at a Moorhead middle school, with their “lip dub” video garnering thousands of views on YouTube.
The video, directed by orchestra teacher Brian Cole and assistant student directors Jeron Sheldon and Matthew Malusky, takes viewers through hallways packed with excited students decked out in orange, Horizon’s school color. Gymnasts did backflips down one hallway and a marching band filled another.
The video, shot on May 22, culminates in the school gym, with even more balloons and confetti flying.
As of Tuesday evening, the video had more than 10,200 views on YouTube.
A lip dub is basically a music video, combining lip synching and audio dubbing. They’ve become viral sensations, with some other schools' videos getting hundreds of thousands of views.
Students and teachers at Horizon recorded the video in just one take, save for the intro clip and final gym scene. It covered 3,260 linear feet of the school, plus an elevator ride with the Spud mascot and a jazzy saxophone solo.
All of it was shot with an iPhone 6 and a lens attachment.
The group had just one rehearsal before the official take, which lasts about eight minutes, though it no doubt took a lot longer to clean up all that confetti.