Saturday, December 19, 2009

Orson Welles to the principal’s office please

Rival high schools in Shoreline, WA are duking it out on YouTube with two clever “lip dub” videos, each filmed in one continuous shot, one take, and a cast of hundreds.

Shorecrest threw down the gauntlet with Outkast’s “Hey Ya”:

And Shorewood came back with Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True”:

The first one is very fun and clever, but the second one is quite amazing. The lip sync is a bit off but consider that they were doing it backwards! We never did anything this cool when I was in high school…

More here.

The Orson Welles remark in the title references the opening shot in his film Touch of Evil, filmed in one continuous take (my college film professor would be amazed that I remembered this bit of cinematic lore). Scorsese also used the long tracking shot extensively in Goodfellas, and Hitchcock filmed the entire movie The Rope in ten total shots. Geez, I’m a geek.

4 comments:

only a movie said...

Too cool for school indeed. Those were so much fun!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

How fun! I hadn't seen these. They really got creative!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Robin! :)

A-M said...

Well hello Robin, lovely to hear from you. We are having the simplest of holidays... you know the sort of holiday one has when one has just built a house, run out of mortgage funds and can't afford to go anywhere... lots of trips to the park (when it is not raining) and board games. How lovely about the snail mail... I will treasure! Happy New Exciting Prosperous Healthy Year to you and here's to another lovely year of bloggy friendships! A-M xx

sherri said...

Wow, I wish I'd done something that fun in high school. Another great long tracking shot to check out is the beginning of Once Upon A Time in the West. It isn't at the very start of the film but a few minutes in, it is awesome. Another film done in one tracking shot to check out is Russian Ark.