The film called “A boy and his atom” is, according to IBM, the world’s smallest film and uses thousands of atoms animated using so-called stop motion technology. The film, which is just over a minute long, was created using a thin needle that moved a total of 10,000 atoms on a copper surface.
Using a microscope, the image has been magnified 100 million times. To stabilize the atoms, they were cooled down to -260 degrees during filming.
– The film’s greatest asset is perhaps not the acting performances, but that it shows in a concrete, fun and visible way what science and research can achieve, says Mikael Haglund, technical director at IBM in Sweden.
Yesterday, IBM also released a video describing how the film was made.