As anyone who has ever been to a high school pep rally knows, getting everyone to participate and show school spirit is extremely difficult. At any given time during coordinated chants, at least thirty percent of the crowd is apathetic and disinterested, which is what makes this video so remarkable. Katy Perry’s “Roar” might not have been good enough for the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was somehow able to bring all 2,000 plus members of Lakewood High School onto the exact same page.
The clip opens with the lonely Tigers mascot walking into the high school as the first notes of “Roar” begin playing. He’s escorted by a girl into the main hallway and without warning, the camera moves away from him and systematically traverses up and down the corridors, giving each team and club the school has to offer a few seconds of choreographed and loveable lip-dub action. Even more impressive, the entire thing is shot in one take like the walking scenes in Goodfellas or Boogie Nights, and the camerawork is surprisingly still and precise given all the walking required.
If nothing else, this video is a great testament to why it’s often better to just go for it. If people hadn’t fully invested in the concept and were lackadaisical in its execution, this would have been a disaster or even worse, boring. Instead, it’s a loveable, highly entertaining clip that will almost assuredly go viral within the next few days.
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