A Boy And His Atom


Director Nico Casavecchia, production company 1stAveMachine, Punga animation studio and some IBM scientist have collaborated on animating the world's smallest stop motion film. Taking the official Guinness World Record, which no one is every going to top, 'A Boy And His Atom' was created by moving individual carbon monoxide molecules and photographing each frame with a Nobel Prize winning two-tonne atomic microscope, which magnifies the atomic surface over 100 million times. To give us an idea of this incredible minuscule scale an IBM scientist said... "if each atom was the size of an orange then an orange would be the size of the Earth!"

Obviously limited by the medium in which it's create 'A Boy And His Atom' isn't going to be the most exciting animated short you'll see this year. The narrative is simple... We see the eponymous boy befriending a single atom and going dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline, but it's not really about the story on the screen it's about the incredible technology behind it.

Andreas Heinrich, principle investigator, IBM Research, said of the film:

"'A Boy And His Atom' represents a unique way to convey science outside the research community."

"Moving atoms is one thing; you can do that with the wave of your hand. Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel."

"At IBM, researchers don’t just read about science, we do it. This movie is a fun way to share the atomic-scale world while opening up a dialogue with students and others on the new frontiers of math and science."

Incredible stuff!

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