university lipdub.

There are very few things in the world that fill me with unbridled joy like a good lipdub. It’s like kareoke without having to hear bad singing. It harnesses everyone’s secret rockstar gladhanding without having to actually hear them. It’s fucking brilliant.

I first discovered lipdub about over a year ago, when a bunch of guys and gals at the office for Connected Ventures released the now legendary “Flagpole Sitta Lipdub”. There’s a good chance you’ve seen it, since it went one to amass more than 1.5 million hits, got coverage in major media outlets like BBC and The Washington Post, and spawned an office lip dub sub-culture that spread around the world. This shit is epic. It’s the “Titanic” of lipdubs. There have been remakes and sequels and tributes.  There’s even a Making Of Video.

The beauty of lipdubs, like ponies and cupcakes and fireflies, is that they make everyone happy. Everyone. There’s a spontaneous, communal, bombastic energy that’s energizing to watch. “Flagpole Sitta Lipdub” never gets old. It’s like medicine. It’s psychologically impossible to not feel happier after watching it.

Inspired by the original office lipdubs, some digital media students at Germany’s Hochschule Furtwangen University shot “Univeristy Lipdub”. This is the first lipdub I’ve seen that rivals the original. Keep in mind, as you watch this, that it’s all done in one shot. Altman would be proud.

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