Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Unzip Ur Lips

This semester in my "New Comm Media" class, we discussed many of the new DIY ways that we could become prosumers in participatory culture. One of these new phenomenons that got mentioned was a lip dub. Now for those of you who don't know, a lipdub is a type of video that combines lip syncing and audio dubbing to make a music video. The film must be shot in one take with no camera cuts, and they're slowly becoming a staple of creativity, especially in the classroom or office setting. The first one we watched in class was by a production company called Connected Ventures, lip-dubbing Flagpole Sitta. It looked like a lot of fun, and was just the type of project that Dr. K (our professor), had in mind for our primarily senior driven class.

Soon enough we put the wheels in motion and tried to pick a song that had a meaning we could stand behind. However, trying to get 30 college students to agree on something is much easier said then done, and after much deliberation, we decided that an original song would hold much more meaning to us all. Luckily for us, two members of the aforementioned "37 Project" (Fontanelli & Widell) were in our class as well, and set off to write a rock rebellion melody tentatively titled "Be The Change", that laid the groundwork for our lipdub. Once the music for the song was composed, they hit the studio with several other Cortland student musicians, forming a college super group known as "The Righteous Revolution" and the song was completed. We even brought recording equipment into the classroom, and during the chorus all members of the class screamed the likes of "And we scream", "Side by side", "Take a stand" and "Be the change", which was then edited into the final version of the song.

The choreography, and blocking aspects of the lipdub were thoughtfully planned out by Rachel Gorman and Chelsea Henderson, and after lots of preparation, practice and planning, we were ready to film. We shot our lipdub on Sunday April 25th, and were lucky enough to have 30-40 students outside of our class show up to make our video complete. After a class vote, the title of the song was changed to "The War We Wage", and after about six or eight run throughs we finally got it perfect. The look of joy and excitement in Dr. K's face after completion says it all, and I'm very proud of everyone who took part in this project.

(Fast forward to the 1:15 mark to see myself and Pat's best *NSYNC impression)

As I stated earlier, lipdubs have already become somewhat of a dime a dozen occurrence, but the fact that our song is an original one with some meaning behind definitely says something about the work that went into our project, and what Unzip Your Lips is all about. With that being said, here are two of my favorite lipdubs that other schools (with MUCH bigger budgets) have put together-

-fresh (@danye33)

1 comment:

  1. hiya! I would love to use the "unzip your lips" image from this blog post in one of my blog posts and I am writing to request permission to do this please. May I use this image in my blog about rape culture please? If so, I would like to ensure that I am appropriately crediting the art work -- could you please provide me with the correct spelling of the artist's name and the year in which the art was created? Hoping to hear back from you soon :)

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