Aardman Studio

It’s Not Technology. It’s What You Do With It.

This entire film by Aardman Studios was shot using a Nokia N8, and a microscope adapter. The main character is 9 millimeters tall. yes 9 Millimeters.

In the opening title frame for the short film “The Making of Dot”, the director sets up a very important statement. “It’s not technology. It’s what you do with it.” This statement is so true, and it is often a concept that gets forgotten by designers as they get seduced by the tools or technologies they work with. I spend 8 to 10 hours a day working at a computer using most if not all of the Adobe CS5 creative suite. I know just how easy it is to let the technology take over. I think that is one of the reasons that I am so impressed with “Dot”. The crew that produced this stop motion film, used some very advanced technology to create a really wonderful little short film. They used the technology as a challenge to develop the look of the film, but didn’t allow it to take over the film, and that can be a very hard thing to do.

Watch both clips. The short is great, and the making of video is really pretty amazing, especially when you see just how small this actually is.