Northern Irish school’s ‘Glee’ appeal YouTube video goes viral – VIDEO
Antrim viral video clocks up over 100,000 views online
A video made by pupils of a County Antrim high school has turned into an Internet sensation.
Filmed in 90 minutes and featuring a cast of about 1,000, made up of pupils and teachers of Friends’ School in Lisburn, the video has attracted over 100,000 hits on You Tube since it went live last Friday.
The video is set to the famous Rembrants theme song of ‘Friends’ “I’ll be there for you” as the stars dance and sing their way around the school.
The video was produced by a teacher and a past pupil of the school that was voted
Sunday Times Northern Ireland School of the Year 2011.
Co-producer Matt Good told the BBC he was gobsmacked by the reaction.
"This is massive, I can't really believe it. We didn't realise it was going to go this big so fast," he said.
"In the past 48 hours we have had 61,500 page views on it. People are commenting on it from here to Oregon to Melbourne.
"There have been so many tweets about it - from people like Zoe Salmon, MP Jeffrey Donaldson, rugby player Stephen Ferris, who is a past pupil, and the band, General Fiasco.
"We are just delighted with the reaction. My phone just hasn't stopped ringing."
It was Phyical Education teacher Stephen Robinson who came up with the idea for the video.
"We made storyboards and maps of the areas we wanted to use. We started with Year Eight and worked our way up to Sixth Year," he said.
"We have tapped into the talents of people at the school and have them doing random things. We have unicyclists, Irish dancers, jugglers and rock climbers. The pupils are dancing in and out of the corridors and rooms."
"That was an obvious choice given the name of the school," he said. "We wanted to promote a friendly atmosphere here.
"We shot the video and then placed the audio track over that. We had a boom box for the music - we shouted at the pupils telling them what part of the song we were at, so they would know what to sing. It was great fun."
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