The atom, the basic unit of all matter in the universe, was discovered by scientists in the early 1800s. This month, atoms have become the stars of the world's smallest movie.
Chalk it up to scientists in need of a creative outlet, or man's godlike grasp on life's fundamental building blocks, but the folks over at IBM have unveiled the first ever stop-motion short animated with atoms. Below, see the Guinness World Record-certified, A Boy and His Atom.
The short film was shot using two of IBM's scanning tunneling microscope, devices that can enlarge a copper surface 100 million times. Using a needle placed only a few nanometers away from their "canvas," scientists magnetized and manipulated the placement of the atoms to create the motion of a boy running, jumping, and playing with a ball.
A Boy and His Atom recalls the first short films from the turn of the 20th century, when the artistic achievement was more about the technology functioning enough to capture any sort of image. We likely won't see IBM's cinematic experiment heralding a new age of atomic filmmaking, but like any great movie, it makes an idea digestible to mass audiences; Science is cool!
To see how the IBM team pieced together their microscopic masterpiece, check out their making of video:
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"Tanning Mom" is not leaving the (probably UV-heavy) spotlight anytime soon.
There’s no word who is producing it, how it’s being funded, or where it will be distributed, but In Touch Weekly reveals in a new interview with Patricia Krentcil, the elfin mother of five with some majorly artificial pigmentation, that she’s planning to star in a movie based on her life. Specifically, it will focus on the ordeal she suffered during 2012, when she was accused of bringing her six-year-old daughter Anna with her into a tanning booth.
On Feb. 26 a grand jury ruled that it would not indict Krentcil on charges of child endangerment. Still, the copper-toned New Jersey native who never uses Coppertone tells In Touch, “What they did to me was not right.” She’ll be making the movie—“It’s going to portray everything that’s happened”—in order to raise money to pay her legal bills and help fund the education of her children. Krentcil also says she’s been getting modeling offers.
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Obviously, the movie will be a color-splashed extravaganza—I’d advise going with old-school three-strip Technicolor to capture Krentcil’s unnatural hue—but otherwise details about the project are sparse. Personally, I’d like to think that Joel Schumacher will helm and, like Phone Booth, stage the movie entirely inside a closed tanning bed for maximum claustrophobia.
Here's hoping U.S. Representative John Boehner makes his screen debut as Tanning Mom’s love interest.
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