Last week SUSUtv filmed the fourth Elections Lipdub, bringing candidates past and present together to celebrate and promote the Elections.
For those of you unfamiliar with the nature of a Lipdub, it’s a video where all participants lip sync along to a chosen song, with the original vocals and backing track played over the top. There are hundreds of thousands of examples all over Youtube, which have now been joined by Harlem Shakes and parodies. So how did the current SUSUtv Lipdub get to where it is today?
SUSUtv have been filming Lipdubs for the elections since 2010. This original version was where it all began, and was very different to the SUSUtv Lipdub we now know and love. There seems to be no available link, but apparently it involved many takes and didn’t take off, which explains our inability to find it!
The next year, in 2011, the chosen song was Taio Cruz’s ‘Dynamite’, and was organised by one Will Hay. This is clearly the first example of the SUSUtv Lipdub as we now know it, even with the recognisable elections logo. The video opens on past Union President Billy Fitzjohn, VP Media and Communications Charlotte Woods, VP Welfare and Societies Emily Rees and Athletic Union President Teddy Wilkes. There are a fair few familiar faces in this one! The video can be found HERE.
2012’s Lipdub was even more theatrical than the last, with fire breathers, societies and even a few stunts. The new route also added a more exciting dimension, and even more people got involved. One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was the soundtrack to this video, and our current Sabbs can be seen cavorting around with their campaign teams. Last year’s Lipdub can be found HERE.
So what do SUSUtv have planned for us this year? The team took on the task of planning the Lipdub later than usual, but the previous successes ensured that plenty of people took part, wanting to get involved after having viewed preceding videos. The filming was open to everyone, and even SUSU advertised the event, which took place on Sunday, February 17. Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ is the soundtrack…much to the enthusiasm of many and the frustration of others. Still, it seems to have been a real success, combining the previous two years of Lipdub together to create the best one yet. The Wessex Scene has been told that it’s faster flowing, has better colours and brightness, and will be ‘amazing’!
Alastair ‘Moggy’ Mogford, Assistant Manager of SUSUtv, told the Wessex Scene:
Having seen the footage – we are incredibly pleased with the Lipdub this year! We had great turnout, and everyone was up for such a fun time. We believe we have merged the best moments of previous years together, and hope everyone will enjoy the final result on Results Night!”
You’ll be able to view the Lipdub for the first time as it premieres at the beginning of Results Night Live, which has become tradition with Elections coverage.
For now though, here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:
The Wessex Scene will be live blogging on Elections Results Night – SUSUtv will also be broadcasting the event, as well as Surge. We’ll be giving you a peek at the plans for Results Night Live later this week.
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