The kids today! With their video games and their texting and their Twilight and their Adderall! Am I right, folks? But every now and then the kids do something fantastic like this and make elderly people such as myself jealous that we never did anything this fun when we were in high school.
If you've seen 500 Days of Summer (out on DVD next week!), you will recall the celebratory musical number in the middle of the film. (You can watch it here.) In response to a challenge from their rival school, the students at Shorewood High School, in Shoreline, Wash., recreated the 500 Days number with a bit of a twist: They did it in one unbroken take. Oh, and they did it backwards. That is to say, the main performers had to listen to the song played in reverse and learn how to lip-sync it that way, so that it would look right when the video was played backwards. Why the extra effort? I don't know! Except that it's awesome! ("Weird Al" Yankovic did the same thing in part of his "Amish Paradise" video.)
The video was made by Mr. Ballew's video production class, though most of the student body appears to have been involved in it. And what a treat it is! If you watch this and fail to be pepped up by the jaunty tune and the high-spirited fun the kids are having, then you are dead inside. Dead inside! Mr. Ballew is already a better filmmaker than the entire Wayans family.
Watch the video after the jump.