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Students light up Ellie Goulding video

Middlesex University students create Matrix-like video for pop sensation. 

A group of Middlesex University students have played a key role on the set of the video for pop star and Brit nominee Ellie Goulding’s new single ‘Lights’, creating innovative light and camera effects.

The students built and operated a rig for 50 cameras to simultaneously capture images which were edited together to create ‘time-slice’ shots, similar to those used in the Matrix films.  The students also worked with electronic props and special effects.

The team, made up of second and third year Product Design and Engineering (PDE) students, even got the chance to meet the star of the video, which is released in March.

Second-year PDE student, Ahmed M. Patel, who worked on the video said: “It was inspiring to be working on Ellie Goulding’s video in partnership with Moritz Waldemeyer, who is a widely recognised designer. The opportunity to apply our learning in an industry setting was fantastic and we felt flattered to have our expertise recognised by the music industry, as well as being invited to work for such a high profile singer.  The experience will be great for our personal development as upcoming designers.”

Moritz Waldemeyer, well known designer and light designer for the ‘Lights’ video, selected the Middlesex University team after being impressed by their expertise whilst working on a video using similar photography techniques for a Mercedes-Benz TV clip.

Moritz said: “It was great to have the Middlesex University students on board at the shoot and was a massive help.  The success of filming is reflected in the innovative video.”

Middlesex University Senior Associate Lecturer Debbie Jedwab, who helped secure the opportunity for the students, said: “I am immensely proud of the way our students contributed to the Ellie Goulding video shoot.  Moritz is an amazing designer and we hope to continue and grow our collaboration with him.”

You can watch Ellie Goulding's new video here.

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