Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Largest High School LipDub: Piscataway High School sets world record (HD Video)
Piscataway, NJ, USA -- Piscataway High School students and staff were encouraged to "mouth off" to record a school-wide Lip Dub of Aretha Franklin music - with over 1,983 participants, they set the world record for Largest High School LipDub.
The Guinness world record for the largest Highland dance involved 1,453 participants from 5 schools in the Nairn region, Scotland, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the largest singing lesson: it involved 6,651 participants and was achieved by Sweet Adelines International in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
A popular trend in online video sites, a lip dub is a type of video that combines individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio, then "dubbing" over it with the original audio of the song.
Lip dubs are usually filmed in a single, unedited shot that often travels through different rooms and situations within a building.
The project had ambitious, but humble beginnings. Susan Pascullo, Television Production teacher at the high school, first approached Dr. Michael Wanko, Principal of PHS, in April about doing a Lip Dub as a project conducted by her students.
Wanko was inspired to use this as an opportunity for a school-wide project to get the message out quickly about anti-bullying and to heighten school spirit, announcing the Lip Dub as the Kick-off for the school's Anti-Bullying Campaign.
Pascullo and TV Production instructor George Fairfield worked with the PWAY-TV Club and broadcasting students from six different classes to create storyboards, block the script, coordinate and cast the main lip dubbers, rehearse with various groups, and videotape the process for a future documentary.
Posters were designed and hung throughout the school to promote student and staff participation in the taping.
The Piscataway High School family responded in droves, as evidenced by the Lip Dub they produced. The school has confirmed documentation for 1,983 participants in the event and registered the video with the World Record Academy, the leading international organization which certifies world records.
Dr. Wanko believes the public will enjoy the lip dub and that the underlying message will be received well by the students of the school.
"The New Jersey Department of Education recently mandated policies for schools to implement programs and procedures to combat bullying and harassment."
"While we have had these relevant initiatives at our school for a number of years, the state mandate helps to bring all of these independent programs together," stated Wanko.
Related world records:
Largest LipDub video: The Grand Rapids LipDub (HD Video)
Most people participating in a lip dub: City of Vic
people participating in a lip dub (indoor): Grandville High School
Wednesday, June 15, 2011