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'Overwhelming' response to lip dub video

It takes viewers through buildings, onto a bus, underwater and high up in a helicopter.

And with 432,627 views on YouTube as of Monday, it's taken Andrew Cohen over the moon.

Cohen served as director and executive producer of UBC LipDub—a YouTube video filmed mostly in a single tracking shot and featuring 1,000 people rocking out at the Vancouver campus of University of B.C.

"I have been getting an overwhelmingly positive response," said the Richmond-raised 21-year-old, a fourth-year acting student. "I had no conclusive idea of how this would fare once it was up and out in the world. I'm over the moon."

The lip dub has become a phenomenon sweeping post-secondary institutions around the world, featuring lip-synching participants in outlandish costumes.

Filming for the UBC LipDub took place late last month and Cohen's team posted the  video online Saturday. It features Pink's "Raise Your Glass," and "Celebrity Status" from Marianas Trench, a band that also makes a guest appearance on the video. There's also a horses, a Maserati, unicyclists, scuba divers and an ode to Old Spice's current ad campaign.

Besides its hundreds of thousands of views, it's also garnered nearly 5,000 comments on YouTube.

It took six months to create, with help from a team of people, including co-producer Bijan Ahmadian.

"We think our campus is beautiful and we just wanted to showcase that and build some kind of spirit between students and the community," said Cohen.

The video is raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Organizers are accepting pledges from corporate sponsors for a specified number of views. Pacific Blue Cross sponsored the first 50,000 views with a penny a view. For more information contact Cohen at andrew@ubclipdub.com.

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