A Boy And His Atom is the world’s smallest film, making the previous record holder from Nokia seem giant in comparison. The short film from tech giants IBM combine science, technology and the latest filmmaking techniques to create the world’s smallest movie by using the smallest particles of any element in the universe: atoms. By moving and precisely placing thousands of actual atoms frame by frame, scientists at IBM have created this cute stop-motion animation.
In just 242 frames of stop-motion action, the short film tells the story of “Atom,” a character who befriends a single atom as they go on a playful journey full of dancing, bouncing, and fun. The minute long piece shows a unique way of blending science and filmmaking together and is so small that it can only be seen when you magnify it 100 million times.