Aardman creates world's tiniest animation

Posted by Staff writer

Aardman Animations has created the smallest-ever stop-motion film, using a microscope and a Nokia N8 cellphone.

The film, called Dot, was created using a device called the CellScope, the brainchild of Professor Daniel Fletcher, which has previously been used to help diagnose fatal diseases in  third world countries.

It was created by Aardman’s Will Studd and Ed Patterson, and features Dot, a tiny 9mm girl who wakes up in a magical, magnified world to discover her surroundings are caving in around her.

Her tiny size is emphasized by her encounters with coins, pins, pencil shavings, nuts and bolts - and the film has now set a new Guinness world record for the smallest stop-motion animated character in a film.

To create Dot, Aardman worked alongside the Physics Department at the University of Bristol to create their own CellScope production camera. Aardman used Rapid Prototyping 3D printing technology to take a computer-generated model of an object or character and then print it in full 3D using a plastic resin material.

The entire set was only a metre and a half long, and the film was painted under a microscope by expert modelmakers and animated using tweezers. It was filmed using the N8's 12-megapixel camera.

"The final film has come out better than we could have hoped for," said director Ed Patterson. "The Nokia N8 stood up to the challenge and produced some outstanding images."

Read more, and view the movie, here.