After check in, the second floor of the East Fairchild dorm created a video tribute to friendship in the form of a lip dub over the Taio Cruz song “Dynamite.”
Danika Lyle said she had the idea to direct the video after she and other cherubs showed each other similar lip dub videos their high schools had made.
“I started making it as a joke, then making a part for each person depending on their personality and depending on who they are got to be so much fun,” Lyle said.
Hannah Schoenbaum, the cinematographer of the lip dub, filmed the three-and-a-half minute music video in one take, with her fellow Floor 2 cherubs dancing along the way.
“I thought it would be a really fun bonding experience with the girls on my floor to make a project that everybody could get on board with and get excited about,” Schoenbaum said.
There were two practice runs the night before the shoot. On the night of, Floor 2 practiced twice, then captured the dance in a single shot from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Cherubs either designed their own choreography, or looked to Lyle to direct them.
The next morning, Schoenbaum showed her work to instructor Sarahmaria Gomez.
“It was so beautiful that it moved me to tears,” Gomez said. “She shot an entire music video in one take. There was only one time in that video where the camera went out of focus, which is really hard to do. In addition, she lit the floor up so every time she moved to a key scene, it was properly lit.”
Gomez showed the video to the rest of the cherubs and instructors on the big screen, following the Sunday evening technology tutorial. It received a roaring applause. Gomez said that all of the instructors told her it was amazing.
That night, she suggested making another lip dub that included every cherub for the home page of the website. Video captains Schoenbaum and Sophie Rodney dropped what they were doing and took on the project the next morning, creating a lip dub to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
“It really moved me,” Gomez said. “It made me think, if I were 16 or 17 years old, I would definitely come to cherubs. How could you not want to be around this positivity? There’s so much life in that video.”