IBM Makes A Movie Using Atoms, Lands at #4 in Our Best of Film

Scientists used 250 stop motion frames to create film

Published On
Apr 30, 2013

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IBM has set a Guinness World Record for the world's smallest movie, with a film created using atoms (the smallest object known for engineering data storage). In a project created to "explore the limits of film-making", as well as to demonstrate IBM's data storage technology, the IBM technologists shrunk the screen down to the atomic level to create "The World's Smallest Movie: A Boy and His Atom."

The movie is comprised of almost 250 stop-motion frames that were combined into an animated film. Filming required thousands of precisely placed atoms to act as actors, props, and scenes as well as a two-ton microscope that operates at -268 degrees Celsius. You can see more about how it was made here. Agency Ogilvy & Mather North America worked on the project.

As part of the project, IBM also created Star Trek- inspired images made out of atoms, which will launch exclusively on its Star Trek Into Darkness mobile app.


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