TOPICS: VIDEO - Students groove to their own tune

WHEN your principal is a bit of a cool dude, you can burst into song at school.

At Speers Point Public School, the practice is encouraged and filmed.

Under direction of film-maker, Chris Payne, who also happens to be the school principal, students have created a ‘‘lip dub’’ video.

Mr Payne believes Speers Point primary could be the first in Australia to create such a video and it will be used to promote the school to potential students.

‘‘The idea of a lip dub is simple – you mime to a song, a little like a music video,’’ he said.

The students had to carefully map out a path around the school, plot the different “singers,” organise props, costumes, equipment and most importantly, select the music. 

Not surprisingly the students chose teen bopper Reece Mastin’s song Good Night while Mr Payne exercised some influence with the opening number of the video and Triple J favourite – San Cisco’s Rocket Ship.

It was a return to filmmaking for Mr Payne who made a feature film almost 10  years ago in Parkes titled Not Just One.

Due to a change in demographics and several schools in close proximity, Speers Point has had falling numbers during the past few years. 

Payne, who at 34 is one of the youngest principals in the Hunter and Central Coast region, came to Speers Point this year and was keen to promote the school creatively.

In 48 hours the video has had close to 400 views on YouTube, including international hits from Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the US.

Sunnita West and Daniela Poles in a screen grab from the music video.

Sunnita West and Daniela Poles in a screen grab from the music video.


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