Essex

Essex University student's 15,000 photo time lapse project

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Student Morten Rustad's message to his university professors was simple: "I think you will like it".

And they did. The first year business management student spent five months on a time-lapse sequence of scenes at the University of Essex.

The video is the result of 15,000 separate images woven together and set to music.

A university spokeswoman said: "The film is absolutely fantastic and the response has been extraordinary."

Currently travelling in India, Mr Rustad said: "I started the project just as a side project to my studies back in November.

"It was something I did for some hours when I wanted to get my head off the studies and do something else.

"As I was quite satisfied with the results I spent more and more time doing it.

'Viral'

"So every time the weather was appealing - which it isn't very often in Colchester - I went out to get some shots.

Image caption A keen photographer, Mr Rustad began the project as a study break

"A lot of the shots I had to reject, but a few I picked out to be a part of the video.

"So when I was done, I uploaded it to the internet, and suddenly people started to share it and it went kind of viral among the students at the campus.

"The comments I appreciated the most were from the people that said that this video has made them appreciate the campus more and look at it as not dull, but actually quite beautiful.

Laura Shephard, the university's digital marketing officer, said: "We were aware that he was a keen photographer and he had sent us photos of the campus he had taken previously.

"However, we had no idea that he was planning on producing a time-lapse video of this scale.

"We were thrilled when we watched the video and the feedback we have received from current students, staff and graduates has been incredible."

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