By Chelsea Lacey-Mabe
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Want to see someone age five years in under five minutes?
It seems impossible but University of Virginia student, Sam Reid did it by taking a picture of himself every day for five years and turning the photos into a video set to Coldplay’s “Life in Technicolor ii.”
“It took me five years to sing this song,” the video description reads.
Meanwhile, it took him just a few days to get the attention of thousands who have since watched, liked and shared his video, including Coldplay themselves who tweeted it.
This Life In Technicolor ii video is amazing! (And the T-shirt budget must have been substantial.) A https://t.co/Nq1v4XwZ7u
— Coldplay (@coldplay) May 8, 2016
Reid, who is also a cross country coach at a Christian day school in Charlottesville, was inspired by fellow YouTuber, Noah Kalina, known for a stop-motion video of pictures over 12.5 years.
“I was inspired by other “photo a day” projects, but I wanted to add my own twist to it, so I came up with the idea to lip sync the lyrics over the course of the video,” Reid explained.
Reid started his video project in February 2011, when he was a junior in high school and all throughout college where he studied Classics with a concentration in Ancient Greek. He finally finished the video last month, ending on a picture of himself in a cap and gown–a preview of his upcoming graduation which was on Saturday.