It’s been one of the biggest smash-hits of the last year and now a video of teachers at Ripley Academy lip-synching to Uptown Funk has gone down a storm online.
More than 50 staff from across the academy took part in the film which was made as a farewell for the students in Year 11 who are leaving and has since had over 3,000 views on YouTube in less than a week.
This is the fourth Year 11 leavers’ film to be shot by the academy’s Senior Director of Learning Huw Lloyd, who also stars in the footage as singer Bruno Mars.
The video follows on from three previous productions masterminded by Mr Lloyd which included Gangnam Style, Is This The Way To Amarillo and Run DMC’s It’s Like That.
The Uptown Funk film features teachers, teaching assistants, admin, finance and kitchen staff and a cameo from Principal Carey Ayres, who originally suggested the song.
It was shown to the Year 11 leavers during their final assembly and Mr Lloyd said they loved it.
He said: “They really liked. We started working on it a few months ago and it was Mrs Ayres who suggested Uptown Funk. My knowledge of modern music is quite limited and we were thinking of doing Let it Go from the film Frozen.
“I hadn’t even heard Uptown Funk until Mrs Ayres told me about it so I listened to it and watched the video and thought it would lend itself really well to what we wanted to do.
“I made lots of notes and we used a minibus instead of the stretch limo in the video and we have a hair and beauty salon at the academy which was featured.
“It was all filmed after school and the staff were really generous in giving up their time to be part of it. I think it’s good that teachers can show their human side and that we have a sense of humour.”
Ex-student Michael Hawley edited the footage for the video which will be Mr Lloyd’s swansong as he is leaving the academy after seven-and-a-half years.
Mr Lloyd said: “It’s actually been quite emotional because this will be my last video here. It is my favourite out of the four, although it’s close with the Gangnam Style video, because the most staff took part.
“There’s also a bit at the beginning with me and the Year 11 tutors and we are clicking our fingers at the camera and that was nice because we haven’t all been together in a video before. The tutors were a bit nervous at first and didn’t know if they wanted to do it but by the end they were asking if they could do another take because they wanted it to be perfect.
There was a point halfway through the process when I wasn’t sure it was going to be what I wanted so I went back and did a few more storyboards. I was really pleased with the final video and want to thank everyone who took part.”