By Erin Crowell
When a rock star lip-syncs on stage its considered cheating. Lip-syncing
on YouTube? Perfectly acceptable even celebrated as lip dub music videos
are popping up all over the Internet most recently (and famously) a
music video to Don McLeans American Pie performed by the City of Grand
Thousands of residents participated in the downtown lip dub after a
January Newsweek article declared Grand Rapids as one of Americas Dying
Cities. The music videowhich runs approximately nine minuteswas declared
a new world record, with over 3.4 million views (as of print) on YouTube
and Roger Ebert claiming it as the greatest music video ever made.
Traverse City hopes to make its own musical mark with a lip dub scheduled
to shoot on Sunday, July 17.
Were not saying were a dying city, said Max Fischer, director of the
planned lip dub, were just saying TC is an amazing place.
For those still left in the dark, a lip dub is a single-shot,
choreographed music video where participants mouth words to a song
preferably a famous one. In this case, Traverse City will sing Paul
Simons You Can Call Me Al and Jump by Van Halen two upbeat, high
energy tunes of the 80s.
We had a bunch of song ideas but none of them really embodied Traverse
City, said Fischer who, when he moved to the area in 2009 from Orlando,
believes everyone should visit Traverse City at least once in their lives.
When I think of Jump, I think of fun; and You Can Call Me Al makes me
think of building friendships and bonds.
The music video will incorporate many elements of the area, including
members of the community such as the Traverse City Roller Derby team,
several cheerleading squads and numerous businesses and media.
Were looking for a lot of boats in the water just to show, hey, not
only do we have a great community, but weve got great weather and a place
to park your boat, said Fischer.
Hosted by the Traverse City Film Festival and FishSoup Films, the lip dub
is the brainchild of Film Festival interns Jenny Omness and Emily Aja.
Recently, the office hosted auditions for singers, those who will be
responsible for lip-syncing the words in front of the camera.
And while the final 36 singers have been chosen, Fischer said there is
still a need for background folks along the filming route.
Music will be played over a loudspeaker as the camera starts on Front
Street and heads west to the Boardman Bridge (next to the farmers market),
goes through the tunnel and ends up at the Open Space. There, the largest
crowd will be needed for the final shot.
Organizers said they are hoping for just one take, but because of the
complexity of coordinating one continuous shot, it could take several.
Were also in need of at least 15 more assistant directors, said
Fischer, who served as an intern on Michael Moores latest documentary
Capitalism: A Love Story. ADs will be stationed along the route and be
assigned to a specific area to help coordinate and cue their designated
group of people as the camera rolls.
The lip dub is scheduled to shoot on July 17, from 1-6 p.m. Those
interested in being a part of the Open Space final shot should arrive at
1:30 p.m. Others interested in signing up their organization or becoming
an AD may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their Facebook
page for updates by searching Traverse City Lip Dub.