Moorhead school celebrates summer with elaborate music video


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These students are fired up about summer vacation!

Nearly 1,400 students, faculty and staff helped make this "lip dub" music video at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, Minnesota, last week to celebrate the end of the school year.

Except for the opening sequence, the elaborate production was filmed in just one take, although it took two weeks of planning to prepare for it, according to the Fargo Forum.

The video shows excited students wearing the school colors of orange and black, lining the hallways of the school and shaking pompoms and throwing confetti.

Gymnasts did backflips, band members played their instruments and students wore costumes, all to highlight the school's many activities, according to WDAY. The school's mascot, Spud, even showed up in one scene.

The last scene showed all the students in the gym for a big balloon drop and dance party.

"It was really fun to see everybody really excited and involved, and just showing really good school spirit," principal Jeremy Larson told WDAY.

The video was directed by the school's orchestra leader Brian Cole, and students Jeron Sheldon and Matthew Malusky were assistant directors, according to the school. It was shot entirely with an iPhone 6 and a lens attachment.

It was filmed on May 22 and uploaded to YouTube the same day – and it's become pretty popular. As of Wednesday afternoon, the video had nearly 18,000 views.

Students lip-synched to several popular songs in the 8-minute long video. Here's the playlist:

"We Come Running" by Youngblood Hawke
"What Time Is It" by High School Musical 2 Cast
"Centuries" by Fall Out Boy - American Beauty
"Uptown Funk" by (feat. Bruno Mars) Mark Ronson
"Songbird" by Kenny G - The Essential Kenny G
"On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
"We're All in this Together" by High School Musical Cast
"I Lived" by One Republic - Native

And here are a few interesting statistics about the video shoot, which were provided by school officials:

  • 5,400 feet of crepe paper were used
  • 2,200 balloons were used
  • 23 pounds of confetti were used
  • 20 rolls of painter's tape were used to make lines where the students stood
  • 3,260 linear feet were covered by two lines of students - plus one elevator ride from the second floor to the first floor
  • 65 timed marks were placed in the hallways to help keep the filming on pace
  • Each of the school's nine "pods" had two 15-minute rehearsals during the week prior
  • There was just one large group rehearsal right before official take
  • The final gym scene was recorded separately, 30 seconds after the after official take

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