How to make a better lipdub

In which advice on how to improve upon the lipdub.


Autumn Corbin

The Spanish Club’s time to shine during the lipdub. Their part was during Call Me Maybe.

by Garrett Gage, Staff Writer

The lipdub that our school held a few weeks ago was less than spectacular. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing good within the video, but it’s buried with questionable decisions. I hope the people who made this are reading, because I’m gonna share my thoughts on how to improve this video if they do another lipdub or another thing like it next year.

1. Being Zoomed in at the Start
This is the first thing that’s apparent with the video. At the start, the viewer can barely see the softball team singer, well, sing. She’s a speck, and there’s a few other instances of that. There’s also times where we can see the singers clearly and see them dub their lips. This is really just an issue of not being zoomed in enough during the start.

2. Better Dubbing/Syncing of the Singers and the Songs
When it is zoomed in, you either get a really good dubbing of the section of a song like with Call Me Maybe, or you get someone looking like they’re dubbing Rap God when they’re actually dubbing Don’t Stop Believing. When the singers aren’t properly dubbing their song it makes the video fall apart in seconds. This can easily be fixed by giving them the lyrics of the section to the song they’re doing and helping them sync up with the song, maybe dedicate some Pride Times to it. They did try blasting the songs to help the dubbers, but in the middle of some songs the speaker cut off, making it very hard to dub/sync. In order to help with that, the people who planned/filmed the thing should’ve started back from square one so the singers would be able to dub properly.

3. Better Song Transitions
There’s a handful of songs being used for the video, and that’s not a bad thing. Many other schools have used multiple songs, but the difference between us and them are the transitions between the songs. They still need work as well and to feel a little more like butter, a little smoother. This one is rough, but can easily be ironed out if there’s a second one.

4. Make Sure the School is Well Aware of it Next Time
When the lipdub was announced, that was the last time we heard of it until the week of. This is an easy one to fix, just make sure to remind the school at least once a week that it’s happening and what day it is so the student body is prepared.

5. Student Apathy
This is the hardest one to fix and that’s because it involves the entire school, not just those involved. Most students I saw the day of were apathetic about the lipdub. They just wanted to go home, to not do it. They just didn’t care. I feel in order to make people care more is to get the whole student body involved. Doing another lipdub? Have students vote on the songs instead of picking them for them. Maybe get the most energetic people in the school to talk about it in order to increase interest. Again, it’s the hardest one, but if it can be done, the lipdub or anything else for that matter will be better a thousand fold.