Aardman Animation has done many amazing things in animation and earned dozens of awards ‘ but none is likely to be quite as unusual as its new film Dot earning a spot in Guinness Book or Records for the smallest stop-motion animation character in a film.
Dot was directed by Sumo Science (a.k.a. Will Studd and Ed Patterson) and shot entirely on a Nokia N8 phone using CellScope technology created by Daniel Fletcher.
Fletcher’s invention is a small device attached to the Nokia that he invented as a life-saving technology that could be used to diagnose and treat diseases in remote areas of third-world countries.
The film began as a brief from Nokia’s agency, W+K, to create a microscopic animation. It was the Sumo Science duo and executive producer Heather Wright who responded to the challenge and created a 9mm girl to star in the short, which runs about 90 seconds.
‘The Nokia job is totally unique, one of those rare instances when the idea and execution are totally inter-dependent. It’s very cool, challenging and very exciting for the studio,’ says Wright.
The film was painted under a microscope by expert modelmakers and animated using tweezers
‘It became a real test of working at such a small scale, and in having the patience to push on through ’til the end” said Aardman director Ed Patterson. ‘The final film has come out better than we could have hoped for.’