VBHS alumni showcase downtown in video
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- It was lights, camera and action last week in Vero Beach as a group of college students filmed a video in the very heart of downtown.
A group of graduated Vero Beach High School students are the brains and creative team behind Dome Films, a production company, and last week they filmed and posted a video online that features historic Theatre Plaza in downtown Vero Beach.
Known as the "Treasure Coast Lip Dub," local high school and college students can be seen in the video lip-synching to "Treasure" by Bruno Mars, while dancing on 14th Avenue and inside the plaza.
Emma Johnson, creative team leader, said a lip dub is a video shot in one continuous take. She is currently studying theater at Rollins College in Winter Park.
Although the production team took several long takes during the day of filming, the final copy posted online is still one continuous shot, Ms. Johnson said.
The video has 1950s theme running throughout the film, something that community partners helped facilitate, she said.
The Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center donated the costumes and some lighting, and businesses and individuals donated the vehicles in the scenes.
"We had a lot of community help for this, we contacted city police, closed the roads and involved about 50 volunteers," Ms. Johnson said.
In 2011, Dome Films created another lip dub video, set to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," set near Humiston Park on Ocean Drive.
The 2011 video has received more than 28,000 views.
Creating and choreographing the video with about 50 people was a challenge, a larger undertaking than the 2011 video and any other music video they have done, Ms. Johnson said.
Moving between indoor and outdoor lighting was another ambitious undertaking, but the final product came together nicely, Ms. Johnson said.
Emily Faison, project manager for Dome Films, said the production staff has a deep love for their hometown of Vero Beach, and that's why they choose to feature it in their short films.
"We chose iconic Vero places. It's awesome because we have learned some of the history of Vero Beach, how there used to be a Piggly-Wiggly and a bank right there in downtown," said Ms. Faison, an English major at Southeast University in Lakeland.
Dome Films is the brain child of friends Brian Smith and John Clifton. Coming home for the summer provides the perfect opportunity to get together with other friends and do something fun and something that celebrates where they are from.
Dome Films also produces the videos for Crown Jewel Marching Band Festival held in Vero Beach.
To view the videos or for more information about Dome Films, visit www.domefilms.com.