Pine-Richland lip-dub video gets more than 41,000 views
As lip dub videos have become a sensation at area high schools, Pine-Richland created its own version that has garnered international attention.
A group of Pine-Richland High School seniors directed and produced a lip dub video that has been viewed more than 41,000 times in 104 countries on YouTube, including Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Italy and Afghanistan. It has been picked up by local radio and TV stations and P-R alumni, including Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker.
“It's surreal that people that far away are watching our lip dub,” said senior David Randolph, lip dub director and organizer. “I've been getting a lot of feedback. The day it came out, my phone was going off nonstop.”
The project began last November after area schools, including Seneca Valley, made lip dub videos for contests. A lip dub video combines lip-synching and audio dubbing, and is usually filmed in one unedited shot.
Pine-Richland's lip dub video opens in the auditorium with senior Robby Fetterman leading administrators and faculty in a simulated “roller coaster,” a student section tradition.
It then follows singers through hallways lined with screaming, confetti-throwing students as they lip-synch to American Authors' song “Best Day of My Life,” and ends in the auditorium, now packed full of students chanting another student section tradition “I believe that we will win.”
The six-minute-long video took months of planning, weeks of practice and just one morning to put together and film.
After seeing other schools videos, Randolph thought Pine-Richland High School could use a boost in school spirit and unity, so he enlisted the help of fellow PR-TV classmates Luke Regan, Ian Murrin and Alex Lynch, all seniors, and began planning their own lip dub video that would include everyone in the school.
Brittany Pikur, high school gifted support teacher and student government sponsor, got involved with the planning to make sure the boys stayed on track and had everything accounted for before proposing the idea to administrators.
“To me, it was important that we had everything organized entirely and well-thought out before we proposed the idea to administrators,” Pikur said.
The school's administrators supported the idea, so planning and preparations continued.
Randolph reached out to all of the school's organizations, clubs and sports to get them represented in the video. More than 40 student leaders practiced for two weeks to get their lip-synching parts down.
To plan the route the video would follow through the school, Randolph walked backward on the proposed path playing the music on his phone.
On the morning of Feb. 25, the high school ran an activity period, which left about 45 minutes to get everyone in place, do one practice run and then film it.
With Lynch manning the camera, they filmed everything in one shot.
“There were so many things that could have gone wrong,” Randolph said.
They released the video on YouTube Feb. 28 and had more than 18,000 views in its first weekend online. The American Authors even took notice, tweeting the video to their followers and giving the group the rights to use their song.
Pikur said activities like this are important to do, especially in larger schools where students can feel lost.
“Academics are always important, but the rigorousness of it is so demanding, so I think sometimes the school spirit can easily get lost,” Pikur said. “So if there's a chance to change the culture and school climate for the better, there's never a bad time for that.”
To watch the video, search “Pine-Richland High School Lip Dub” on YouTube.
Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Website ranks Hampton among nation’s top schools
- Book fair to benefit North Hills School District, Make-A-Wish
- CCAC North hockey fundraiser to benefit Operation Troop Appreciation
- Work with disabled earns Shaler grad honor
- North Hills senior to continue rowing career at West Virginia
- Town Square to bring fresh, affordable food to Millvale
- Wexford Elementary earns Blue Ribbon honor
- Housing plan, commercial complex get Pine’s OK
- Ross residents take concerns about Seville building to township
- Former Holiday Inn in Hampton now an apartment complex
- North Hills Wind Ensemble musicians ‘respect the music’