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12 Surprising Materials That Filmmakers Used To Tell A Story

Fancy special effects are just so... fake. There are many other creative ways to make a film, which is exactly why IBM used atoms to make the world's smallest movie.

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4. Atoms:

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For the short "A Boy And His Atom", IBM placed atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope to make its actors, props, and scenes. The lead character is a single nanometer in size (one 25 millionth the size of an inch), and Guinness World Records has certified it as the world's smallest stop-motion film.

6. Cellophane:

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For anything imaginary, Science of Sleep never really relied on traditional materials, further proving that what's in our heads will always be cooler than reality.

Inspired by the world's smallest stop motion movie:

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