Lip Dub Reflect School Spirit
By Sam Lynam
The idea of a “lip dub” has been used by many schools, especially around the North Bay. A lip dub is an entertaining and interesting video performed by a group of people and in these cases, groups of students and staff members. Locally, Redwood and Terra Linda have made these lip dub videos in the past, with the 2014 Redwood lip dub reaching over an astounding 120,000 views and over 1,000 likes on Youtube. With all this exposure, the benefits are very high. The schools get recognition, and an opportunity to show what they are capable of accomplishing. Additionally, the students get a chance to feel like they are a part of something that will be around forever and impact the school tremendously.
In 2014, Redwood High School managed to pull off one of the best and most impressive lip dubs ever from a high school. After seeing the video, I felt I had to dive deeper into this topic. I contacted David Plescia, Redwood High Social Studies and Leadership teacher, about the lip dub. Plescia is one of the main staff members responsible for the video. He gave me some great information about the set up and details inside the making of the video.
Plescia mentioned that he mapped out the route for the lip dub by an aerial shot of the Redwood campus and also put pictures of this route all over campus for the students to see. He also described the meetings with the planned singers or lip-syncers and people involved to make sure that everything was done smoothly and correctly.
Redwood also took money out of a student activity account to help fund their event, a smart idea that enabled them to have a lot of aesthetically pleasing signs and extra props for the video. Finally, Redwood created a new schedule to fit in the time needed to record the whole video. The proposed schedule took about 5 minutes off from each period, giving the school a 50-minute window to shoot the whole video, which was ultimately successful.
Here at Novato High, we have never attempted a lip dub, and unfortunately, I believe that it will not happen in the near future due to some pretty important and restricting issues. I don’t believe we have the student cooperation to be able to pull off an event like this. As I see other school’s examples and all the other students chipping in to create these amazing videos, I realize how much time and effort is required. I don’t really think people that attend Novato High would be willing to take the necessary steps to put this type of production into action. In total, this process would likely take about 2 months to prepare for, with all the planning, meetings and student interaction.
Junior leadership student McKenzie Wegner described the process of creating a successful lip dub.
“In order to include all of our student body, the planning would need to occur far in advance. Once the lip dub is actually planned, and all the groups are involved, it’s then about the overall event,” said Wegner. “Leadership could create publicity to promote the filming via online/social media publicity, announcements, and physical publicity such as posters and flyers to teachers.”
Quite simply, it would be a lot for the students of Novato High. It would take the administration’s help to try and put this plan into action and it would not be an easy or quick task.
However, my ideal Novato High lip dub would start out in either the Library or the attendance or that area, near the library corner.
It could start with Assistant Principal Greg Fister acting confused why nobody is in class and then he would go out to investigate at the beginning. The people leading would head down the stairs towards the PAC, so the viewers could see one of the nicest parts of the school and what our school is known for.
While going down that route, the camera could take a small right where we would go down the side that connects to the end of the science hallway. That is where we go down until the fork in the hallway that meets with the product design class. Then, we can go to the area in front of Stephanie Searle’s classroom, through the area in front of the journalism room, where we can then go down that hall to the fork.
From there we can venture down along the staff parking lot and make it to the rear exit of the Gordon Gym, where we could go into one locker room connecting to the pool, to show off the new pool and maybe some swimmers or water poloists. The camera would then go by the side path next to the Old Gym to where you can go left up the stairs to the parking lot. We could then enter the parking lot going to the left following the parking lot curve to eventually reach the entrance of the field that could be utilized to show some more sports such as football, lacrosse, or track and finally, have all the people meet up at the field for an overhead drone shot of everyone on the field with the big “N” in the middle, with signs and other fun materials on display.
Each location can showcase the students who excel in that area of the school. This could include MSA students next to the PAC, Product Design in their classroom, and maybe leadership and yearbook next to their respective classrooms. Then, of course, the pool can be used for showing off swimmers and water polo players, as a variety of other random students can be scattered along the route.
Wegner also commented on incorporating student passion.
“I think filming and producing a lip dub would unify many diverse groups on campus,” said Wegner. “It would also be a big step in getting the student body excited and spirited.”
If these instructions were followed and enough time was allotted for this, Novato could truly pull off something special.