April 25, 2019
Bridgeland High School students and staff came together in March to put together a lip dub video to Weezer’s cover of Take On Me, featuring 43 campus organizations recreating 25 scenes from famous 1980s movies such as Back to the Future. The video has been featured by local television and radio stations and even recognized Weezer on Twitter. (Photo by Madison Gunn, Bridgeland HS)
By Hailey Poggemoeller, Bridgeland HS
April 25, 2019—Crimped, teased hair and shoulder pads filled the parking lot at Bridgeland High School, while Yoda wandered through the crowd and Ferris Bueller stretched before his crowd-pleasing performance.
No, Marty McFly didn’t transport the two-year-old school back to the 1980s. Teacher Kathrina Moore and Audio/Video Production students did.
The parade scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off closed the Bridgeland High School lip dub to Weezer’s cover of Take On Me. More than 600 students from 43 campus organizations worked together on the project spearheaded by teacher Kathrina Moore and her Audio/Video Production students. (Photo by Aniyah Steele, Bridgeland HS)
Moore and her team organized a campus-wide lip dub using Weezer’s cover of Take On Me and recreated scenes from iconic 1980s films. Twenty-five scenes and 43 campus clubs and organizations took part in the lip dub, a type of music video that combines lip synching and dubbing over the video with the song’s original audio.
An 1980s-at-heart teacher, Moore previously organized a lip dub at Magnolia High School set to Katy Perry’s Firework that gained plenty of traction on social media. However, this project was unlike what she’d done before.
“Lip dubs are traditionally a one-take through the whole high school where everyone lines up in the hallway and lip syncs to a song,” Moore said. “Those are cute and fun but it has been the same for the past 10 years and I thought it would be fun to try something different at this school.”
The idea came one night when she was listening to Weezer’s cover of the popular song, and she thought it would be fun to reenact the scenes from those famous 1980s movies such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Wars and Back to the Future. Part of the inspiration came from Moore’s son, Zack, who passed away 14 years ago. His favorite band was Weezer and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was his favorite movie.
Moore reached out to the band and initially didn’t hear back before turning her effect to the band members’ wives. There she found success and through Jillian Lauren, the wife of bass player Scott Shiner, Moore was able to connect with Weezer and the record company.
Before long, Moore and her students secured permission.
Campus organizations were quickly onboard, with a number creating props and securing costumes to pull off the iconic looks from Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
“It’s so cool but at the same time very interesting,” Bridgeland sophomore Christina Stinson said. “I didn’t think that we would have ever done something like this, but I’m excited and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.”
The video’s ends with Bridgeland recreating the parade scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and includes more than 600 Bridgeland students and staff.
“Being in the lip dub was awesome,” junior Mark Guerra said. “Being crazy and being childish for once, it makes you feel like you’re in the old days, like you’re in the 1980s.”
The video premiered April 5 on Bear Nation Productions’ YouTube.com channel and has garnered more than 34,000 views. Weezer promoted the video from its own Twitter account, as did A-ha, the Norwegian band that first released the song in 1984.
CW39 featured the video during it’s “Morning Dose” segment, while KTRK Channel 13 reporter Pooja Lodhia visited Bridgeland on April 10 to showcase the project. It was also mentioned April 15 on “The Rod Ryan Show” on 94.5 FM The Buzz.
“It is perfection what these students did,” Rod Ryan said on his show. “Audio/Video isn’t what it used to be. I think about what the Audio/Video team was doing when I was in high school (and) it’s amazing what these kids can do.”
Bridgeland’s lip dub even got a Twitter shoutout from actor Jon Cryer, whose dancing scene in Pretty in Pink was featured and replicated by sophomore Savio Hai Le.
Bear Nation Productions posted a side-by-side comparison of Bridgeland’s video and the movie clips, highlighting not only all the organizations but the community the young school and its students have built.
“This isn’t just me,” Moore said. “This is bigger than just me. It’s everyone who is involved in it. I don’t even show up in the video – it’s all the students and they are just beautiful in it.”