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The Making of “Dot”

Posted on : 12-03-2011 | By : Carol Gancia | In : Featured, Video Technology

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Aardman, a 4-time Oscar winning animation studio in the UK, assembled a small team of talented story-tellers, animators and engineers to celebrate an exciting new technology intended to help diagnose diseases like malaria, from blood samples in remote villages all over the world. The Nokia N8 mobile phone and a CellScope attachment was used to shoot a charming, teeny-tiny film called “Dot.”

Meet Tiny Dot, the 9-millimeter character who goes on a magical adventure in the film. Because the creators could not manipulate the character’s body parts due to its miniscule size, they had to create 17 molds of the same character in different positions. A lot of high detail work and long hours were spent creating this film. They averaged 4 seconds of completed animation work per day. The storyline is simple but compelling. The result: a film with over 2 million views on YouTube after only six months.

As they say in the film, oftentimes, it’s not the technology. It’s what you do with it. Watch as the Aardman team shares the story behind the making of “Dot.”

‘Haven’t seen the film yet? Check out this story.

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