Nokia World’s Smallest Character Animation

Nokia’s N8 camera was connected up with a microscope attachment to become the Cellscope, the inspiration for “Dot”, a teeny-tiny film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. “Dot” stars a 9mm girl called Dot as she struggles through a microscopic world. All the minuscule detail was shot using CellScope technology and a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has just won Gold Craft Award for animation at the British Arrows (previously known as the British Television Advertising Awards or BTAA).

Nokia Dot running

The film features Dot, a tiny 9mm girl who wakes up in a magical, magnified world to discover her surroundings are caving in around her. She escapes the encroaching wave of destruction as her world unravels via a path made up of tiny, familiar objects such as coins, pins, pencil shavings, nuts and bolts, until she finds peace by knitting herself a blanket from the very matter that pursues her. See more projects and how the ‘Dot’ film was made at or

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Aardman’s in-house production technology engineer, Lew Gardiner worked alongside the Physics Department at the University of Bristol to create their own CellScope production camera. Aardman used innovative Rapid Prototyping 3D printing technology that uses a computer-generated model of an object or character and then prints it in full 3D using a plastic resin material. The entire set was no more than a metre and a half long, all elements of which were used to help sell the scale of the project to the viewer.

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The Dot concept was developed at Wieden+Kennedy London by creative directors Tony Davidson, Kim Papworth and Scott Dungate, creatives Mark McCall and Richard Dorey, producers Lucy Russel and Lucie Georgeson, account director Natasha Markley.

Filming was shot by Sumo Science duo Ed Patterson and Will Studd via Aardman Studios with executive producer Heather Wright, producer Jason Barthomolew, head of model making Chris Entwistle, technology engineer Lew Gardiner, director of photography Mark Chamberlain, editor Nikk Fielden.

Sound was produced at Wave Studios by sound designer Aaron Reynolds and composer Michael Sims.