TOPS IN ARTS 2012: North county cultural scene year in review

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

4.  Crestview High lipdub becomes a YouTube hit

The six-minute, 41-second Crestview High School lip-synch video, or “lipdub,” that captured school spirit and the community’s enthusiasm is still racking up views on YouTube — nearly 200,000 to date.

The all-student production was May graduate Ben White Jr.’s vision.

“It was a month-and-a-half of planning and we only had four or five practices with the singers,” Ben said. “The majority of the people in it were spontaneous.”

Industry experts who viewed the production praised White’s preparation and groundwork.

“It is easy to imagine the large amount of pre-shoot organization and planning required by that project,” three-time Emmy Award winning retired NBC News producer/director Paul Yacich said from his New Orleans home.

“If that were his only talent, he would still be qualified to set up complicated productions. A lot of effort went into that.”

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