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Huge hit for Edinburgh short film
Rainbow over Edinburgh
A picture of a rainbow from a sequence shot from Blackford Hill
A short film of Edinburgh made up of thousands of photographs taken over two years has had huge internet interest from across the world.

Koya Moments uses time-lapse photography, which involves sitting in the same spot for hours taking hundreds of pictures for a few seconds of film.

The scenes include the sun rising over the Forth, the moon moving over the city and a rainbow from Blackford Hill.

Photography teacher Ewen Meldrum's film has had 13,000 hits on YouTube.

Ewen Meldrum
Sometimes I would have sat there for five hours and nearly have a sequence and then a dark cloud would come across and ruin the whole clip and I would have to start again
Ewen Meldrum

Mr Meldrum, 38, from Gorgie, who is a technical instructor teaching patients photography and computing at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said he decided to make the film after becoming frustrated by negative publicity of Edinburgh through films such as Trainspotting.

He said: "I was sick of Edinburgh always being portrayed as being full of junkies and people always repeating the statistic that it is the Aids capital of the world.

"So I set about making this film showing what a stunning place Edinburgh is. I go walking in the Pentland Hills and the views are breathtaking.

"How I made the film was I basically found places, pointed the camera in a certain direction and sat there for a few hours clicking the button once every four seconds. It can be quite tedious, but other times it can be relaxing too.

"Sometimes I would have sat there for five hours and nearly have a sequence and then a dark cloud would come across and ruin the whole clip and I would have to start again."

Northern Lights

He added that the final minute of the seven-minute-film took five months to perfect.

The father-of-one said he was "very stunned" the film has had such success with at least 40 other sites from across the world playing the piece to Japanese, Spanish and North American viewers.

It has led to a pastor in North America contacting Mr Meldrum asking for him to make up a film of moving clouds and sun rays he can play as a backdrop to his speeches.

The images in Mr Meldrum's film move in time to music by Philip Glass.

Mr Meldrum is now planning another film which takes in scenery from across Scotland including the Northern Lights.

He hopes the 20-minute-film will include a soundtrack from someone who will compose the music specifically for the footage.

Ben Carter, area director for VisitScotland Edinburgh and Lothians, said: "Edinburgh offers a great place to shoot footage with its stunning skyline and impressive architecture of World Heritage Site status so I'm sure this short video will prove popular with visitors and residents alike and of course we welcome anything that shows off the city at its best."


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