Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Animated Inspiration: Nokia 'Dot'

So those cool cats over at Line Boil posted this animation last week, and after watching it, I couldn't wait to share this film and its "Making of" video!

So here's the story: animation directors Ed Patterson & Will Studd (who both have worked for Aardman Animations in Bristol, UK) formed a company called Sumo Science. Recently, they took a Nokia mobile phone and a microscope adaptor (which was invented so that medical personnel in remote regions could take detailed pictures of blood samples and transmit them to hospitals for analysis) and created the smallest animation ever. One of the fascinating things about this animation is how they created the main character. As you'll see in the "Making of" video, the character was 3d modeled in a computer, then 'printed' using a 3d resin printer, hand painted, and mounted on wire so they could position it in the animation.

I won't spoil the rest of the story, but suffice it to say, both the animation and the "Making of" video are well worth the time spent watching them.

Nokia 'Dot'

Nokia 'Dot' from Sumo Science on Vimeo.

"The Making of Nokia 'Dot'"

The Making Of Nokia 'Dot' from Sumo Science on Vimeo.