What you’re looking at above is touted as the world’s smallest movie, and it’s called “A Boy and His Atom”. Technically speaking, an atom is the smallest division of a chemical element, and to even see one with the human eye, you’d need to magnify it over 100-million-times. According to IBM, “there are probably more atoms in one grain of sand than there are grains of sand on an entire beach.” Continue reading for more.


Believe it or not, each frame that you see in the movie measures a mere 45 by 25 nanometers – there are approximately 25 million nanometers in one inch This one-minute film consists of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.

The Making Of

To make this film, IBM had to use a remotely operated scanning tunneling microscope that weighs a massive two-tons at its lab in San Jose, California. The microscope is capable of magnifing the surface over 100 million times, operating at -450 ° F.