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Unleashing Creativity with Lip Dubs: From High School Stages to Social Media Trends

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Lip dubs have sparked a unique and enthralling trend across high schools, colleges, and social media platforms worldwide. These delightful, school-wide...

Lip dubs have sparked a unique and enthralling trend across high schools, colleges, and social media platforms worldwide. These delightful, school-wide or community-driven music video projects not only display the spirit and unity of participants but also their creative potential. Let's delve into the universe of lip dub, from its definition to the planning stage, top lip dub creations, and more.

What is a High School Lip Dub?

A high school lip dub is an elaborate, one-take music video filmed on school premises. The entire school community, including students, teachers, and sometimes even administrative staff, come together in a show of unity and spirit to lip-sync and perform choreography to a selected song or a playlist of songs. One such example is the "Seminole Ridge High School Lip Dub" that showcases a seamless blend of lip-syncing and choreography.

Lip Sync vs. Lip Dub: Spotting the Difference

The line between a lip sync and a lip dub is often blurry, but they're not the same. Lip sync involves individuals or a group mimicking the words of a song as if they were singing it, but without the actual singing. On the other hand, a lip dub is a music video that combines lip-syncing with choreographed movement in a single continuous shot, often creating a 'full video' spectacle.

The Lip Dub Challenge Phenomenon

With the rise of social media platforms like TikTok, the lip dub challenge has gained traction. It's a form of a game or competition where individuals or groups create a lip dub video to a particular song or theme. A great example is the "Wake Me Up" lip dub challenge that flooded TikTok.

How to Plan a Successful Lip Dub

Planning a lip dub involves several crucial steps. Begin by choosing a popular or meaningful song. Remember to gain permission from music rights societies like ASCAP, AMRA, LatinAutor, LatinAutorPerf, Sony Music Publishing, Solar Music Rights Management, and CMRRA to avoid copyright infringement.

Next, design your choreography. The charm of a lip dub is in its movement and vibrancy, so create engaging choreography that involves as many participants as possible.

Storyboard your video and plan the route for filming, ensuring it showcases the different sections of your community or school district. The Old Bridge High School Lip Dub is a perfect example of effective planning and execution.

Finally, rehearse and film. Remember, the essence of a lip dub is capturing the video in a single take. Practice your route and choreography until everyone is comfortable, then capture the magic.

Tips for Making a Standout Lip Dub

  1. Choose an upbeat, catchy song that the majority of participants know and enjoy. A popular choice is the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” or a track from “High School Musical.”
  2. Make sure your choreography is inclusive, engaging, and fun. The aim is to get as many people involved as possible.
  3. Practice until the route, choreography, and lip-syncing are seamless. The South Lyon High School Lip Dub shows how practice pays off.
  4. Add elements of surprise. Use props, costume changes, or unexpected dance breaks to keep viewers engaged.
  5. Use a high-quality video production setup to ensure the best result. Consider using video editing software or apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Filmora, InShot, Quik, VivaVideo, or Magisto for post-production tweaks.

The Best Lip Dubs and a College Spin-Off

One of the most viewed and admired lip dubs is the UQAM lip dub created in Montréal. It beautifully captures the spirit and unity of a college setting, a spin-off from the high school lip dub trend.

Another impressive production is the Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" lip dub by the Delta Sigma Phi - Beta Mu fraternity. Their vivacious performance even grabbed Swift's attention, who invited them to one of her concerts.

The Best Lip Dub Video

In my opinion, the best lip dub video is the "I Gotta Feeling" lip dub by the staff and students of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). It's a full-scale, one-take video with impressive choreography, crowd participation, and infectious energy. This video undoubtedly encapsulates the heart and soul of lip dubs.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.