“If an atom was the size of an orange, then the orange would be the size of the whole planet earth.”
Believe it or not, you’ve just watched the Guinness World Records-certified world’s smallest movie. Produced by a team of IBM nanophysicists, the movie was compiled from images captured using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating at near-absolute zero and magnified 100 million times. Each frame in the movie measures approximately 1/20,000th the width of a human hair, while the movie itself is comprised of 242 frames. Like any film-based makers, they storyboarded their concept, with each frame requiring more than one hour to move the atoms into place for capture:
Just as fascinating as the movie itself are the team and tech behind this stop-motion animation, captured in this making-of video:
The IBM Research ‘made with atoms’ website contains a lot more information about this world’s smallest movie set.