Lip-dubbing has taken high school video production classes by storm. The trend, which began in 2006, describes the process of dubbing music over a lip-sync video that is usually filmed in one continuous shot, with the cameras winding through the hallways of the school’s campus.
These videos tend to become local phenomena, with some reaching viral status. The latest to gain national recognition is ta lip dub from Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif.
The nearly 11-minute video has skyrocketed in popularity on YouTube. Posted late on June 3, the video had more than 65,000 hits by June 27.
Clovis High’s video — “Our World, Our Message, Our Legacy” — features the wrestling team dancing in the school office, students waving Star Wars-style light sabers, and more.
Every campus group or activity is represented, reports the Fresno Bee. Students who weren’t in sports or clubs were placed in scenes so everyone was included, said Clovis High activity director Chrissy Prandini, who spearheaded the two months of planning.
Students decided how they wanted to appear. “It was centered on self-expression and what you add to the class,” Prandini told the Bee.
The students picked the songs “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and “Firework” by Katy Perry to dub over the video.
Clovis High’s creation is on our list of the 10 best high school lip-dub videos from around the country. In compiling this list, we chose lip-dub videos that stick with the original single-shot style. Let us know which one is your favorite, or if we missed one you think others should see.
10. Shorecrest High School; Shoreline, Wash.
9. Issaquah High School; Issaquah, Wash.
Set to Taio Cruz’s hit “Dynamite,” Issquah’s enthusiasm and school spirit come through in this lip dub.
8. Bloomingdale High School; Valrico, Fla.
Taking a different approach, the teachers at Bloomingdale took to lip dubbing to express their frustration with certain student habits.
7. Cleveland High School; Cleveland, Tenn.
The media students at Cleveland each dressed up as one of the performers in the song, individually taking on their roles.
6. Grandville High School; Grandville, Mich.
Grandville used two cameras at once to create two different scenes that also have a story line.
5. Barrington High School; Barrington, Ill.
Complete with glow-in-the-dark special effects, Barrington’s lip dub perfectly complements the song choice.
4. Lawrence High School; Lawrence, Kan.
A fresh take on an old favorite, Lawrence students’ performance is both entertaining and impressive.
3. Shorecrest High School; Shoreline, Wash.
Filmed during a friendly rivalry between childhood friends and fellow video production teachers, Shorecrest was first out of the gate with their lip dub of Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”
2. Clovis High School; Clovis, Calif.
Clovis recorded a two-song combo of “Living on a Prayer” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” as part of the class of 2011’s senior gift, with all members of the class represented—and the number of views on YouTube is still climbing.
1. Shorewood High School; Shoreline, Wash.
To one-up its Shorecrest rivals, Shorewood filmed its entire lip dub backwards. That means participants had to learn the words phonetically backwards as well, but the result is truly impressive.