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How Glenbrook South shot amazing 11-minute video

2,650 students put together video for school's 50th anniversary

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A short, separate scene underwater actually was filmed the day before the other takes.

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Glenbrook South High School student cameraman John Paul O'Rourke is guided by Kevin Mathein while videotaping the school's 50th anniversary video, which features the entire school.

Courtesy by Glenbrook South High School

Early on in Glenbrook South's 50th-anniversary "Lip Dub" video, a cheerleader leads the crowd, and the camera, up the stairs and through a hallway.

In the middle of Glenbrook South's 50th-anniversary "Lip Dub" video, a wigged dancer leads spirited classmates down the hallway.

At the end of Glenbrook South's 50th-anniversary "Lip Dub" video, a cameraman aboard a helicopter captures students organizing into the school's abbreviation on the football field.

Glenbrook South High School's Mark Ferguson, director of television and film production, instructs student cameraman John Paul O'Rourke, left, and senior director Connor Smith during filming of the school's 50th-anniversary video featuring the entire student body.

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Troy Farsakian, a senior at Glenbrook South High School, shows the planning board used to produced the school's 50th-anniversary video.

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Glenbrook South High School student cameraman John Paul O'Rourke is guided by Kevin Mathein while videotaping the school's mascot on a rented horse for taping of the school's 50th anniversary "Lip Dub" video.

Courtesy by Glenbrook South High School

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Getting 2,650 boisterous teenagers to spontaneously perform on camera for an 11-minute music video mostly shot in a single take has to be the most remarkable feat Glenbrook South High School students pulled off this year. "Conceptually, it is amazing how complex it got," Principal Brian Wegley said. Trust us; it'll blow your mind.
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    • A short, separate scene underwater actually was filmed the day before the other takes.
    •  Glenbrook South High School student cameraman John Paul O’Rourke is guided by Kevin Mathein while videotaping the school’s 50th anniversary video, which features the entire school.
    • Early on in Glenbrook South's 50th-anniversary "Lip Dub" video, a cheerleader leads the crowd, and the camera, up the stairs and through a hallway.
    • In the middle of Glenbrook South's 50th-anniversary "Lip Dub" video, a wigged dancer leads spirited classmates down the hallway.
    • At the end of Glenbrook South’s 50th-anniversary “Lip Dub” video, a cameraman aboard a helicopter captures students organizing into the school’s abbreviation on the football field.
    •  Glenbrook South High School’s Mark Ferguson, director of television and film production, instructs student cameraman John Paul O’Rourke, left, and senior director Connor Smith during filming of the school’s 50th-anniversary video featuring the entire student body.
    •  Troy Farsakian, a senior at Glenbrook South High School, shows the planning board used to produced the school’s 50th-anniversary video.
    • Glenbrook South High School student cameraman John Paul O'Rourke is guided by Kevin Mathein while videotaping the school's mascot on a rented horse for taping of the school's 50th anniversary “Lip Dub” video.
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