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LipDub: 120 Students, No Edits

With the Jackson 5 for a soundtrack, one awesome take

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Students sing along with a mashup of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and “I Want You Back” in BU’s first LipDub video.

Parisian Georgia Poivre was determined to leave a legacy at Boston University. So one month before graduating, amidst finals and research papers, the film student took on an enormous project — the first ever BU LipDub.

For the uninitiated, LipDub combines lip-synching and audio dubbing to create a music video. Filmed in a single take, a video features hundreds of students who dance, wear outlandish costumes, and carry props to illustrate song lyrics. The trend swept through European colleges earlier this year.

“I always wanted to do a big BU production,” says Poivre (COM’10), “something that represented all aspects of student life.” She pitched the idea to members of the Greek community (fraternities and sororities), as well as the cheerleading, snowboarding, and crew teams, all of whom enthusiastically agreed to help. Other students learned about the project through the BU LipDub Facebook group.

With help from Sam Minkoff (ENG’10), president of the Programming Council, and Kevin Lee (ENG’10), vice president of programming for the Interfraternity Council, Poivre spent the next month and a half choreographing and rehearsing. The finished product, filmed December 11 at the George Sherman Union, is one of the first of its kind in the United States. It features about 120 students dancing to a mashup of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and “I Want You Back,” as well as an appearance by Kenn Elmore, dean of students.

“Finding music for a LipDub is a challenge,” Poivre says. “It can’t be too fast or too slow. We settled on the Jackson 5 because everyone knows their songs and the ‘ABC, one-two-three’ lyrics tie into school.”

Poivre hopes LipDub will become a BU tradition. “It would be great if next year someone makes one that’s even bigger and better than the one we made,” she says. “Even though people didn’t know one another, they still sang and danced together.  I think that really says something about the spirit of BU.”

Read The Quad’s coverage of the BU LipDub event here.

Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.

12 Comments

12 Comments on LipDub: 120 Students, No Edits

  • Jason on 12.23.2009 at 7:25 am

    WoW

    Amazing…one take…you guys are awesome…pure, unadulterated, quintessential awesomeness….

  • Anonymous on 12.23.2009 at 9:16 am

    Very fun

    Great to see BU kids doing LipDub.

    I saw another great one in Germany, Nine Days — 257 Weeks. Check out this link:

    http://vimeo.com/1287067

    Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous Tuition Paying Dad... on 12.23.2009 at 9:26 am

    LipDub

    Phenomenal!

  • Anonymous on 12.23.2009 at 9:54 am

    Everyone involved should be so proud, I saw it and was absolutely blown away, an amazing job! What a wonderful legacy Poivre!

  • Anonymous on 12.23.2009 at 10:07 am

    Love it!

  • Jean Keith on 12.23.2009 at 10:53 am

    I love this LipDub! It’s so fun to see everyone groovin’ together. Congratulations to Georgia Poivre and the student cast for bringing her inspiration to life!

  • Anonymous on 12.23.2009 at 2:26 pm

    LipDub

    Love it. Really touching and fun. Good work!

  • Peter Fiedler on 12.23.2009 at 10:42 pm

    Amazing! Just Amazing!

    This is so great…what a wonderful fun piece to watch. Congratulations to everybody who worked so hard to make this come to life. It certainly reaffirms the incredible talent and creativity that we have here at Boston University.

    We’ve got to get the administrators to do one of these!

    Happy Holidays!!
    Peter Fiedler
    VP for Administrative Services

  • Likai Liu on 12.24.2009 at 11:20 am

    Let’s use a steadicam next time. Even a cheap DIY one will make the video look much better. Otherwise, amazing feat pulling all the people together!

  • Anonymous on 01.02.2010 at 7:58 pm

    awesome!!!!

  • David A. Robbins on 01.05.2010 at 4:41 pm

    BU Students & Project LipDub

    Super job to all the participating BU students! Their timing was excellent and they had lots of spirit and energy! I’m a little jealous because we didn’t do anything like that in 1967. Too many kids protesting the war in Viet Nam.

  • Rosa Koszewski on 01.11.2010 at 11:00 am

    ABC 123... with Jackson 5..

    Go go go BU..Go BU!
    wowww, awesome… lots of fun too…
    wish i could join to participate in this video,
    Good Job!! luv it!
    even i am old, would lov to join some activities among youghood, so interested me…

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