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Nokia Creates World's Largest Animation, Shoots Using A Smartphone


South Wales, United Kingdom ~(New Scientist TV)~ Having already conquered the world’s smallest stop-motion animation, Nokia has now completed the world’s largest.

Nokia produced the film in collaboration with Aardman Animations, who shot the film on three Nokia N8 cellphones.

The film was shot on the beaches of South Wales, with the largest scene covering an area of over 1,000 square meters.  The main character is a human, whose body was moved carefully to create each frame.  The process of animating human figures is known as pixilation.  The backgrounds of each frame consisted of sand drawings and other props included a large boat.

The frames were combined in a sequence to create an animation at 25 frames per second.  The film, Gulp, runs about one minute and forty-five seconds long or about 2,625 individual frames.

The story of Gulp has to do with an unlucky fisherman and his trip to the body of the ocean, complete with fish and dark, unwater sequences.

The making of the world’s largest stop-motion film can be viewed in a five-minute documentary on YouTube.  The documentary displays the gigantic proportions in an animation style that usually takes place in miniature.  Interesting props include an underwater mine the size of a car, a row boat sawed in half and a seemingly endless number of scurrying sand drawing artists armed with stencils.

Sumo Science, the directors of the shoot, collaborated previously with Nokia to create the world’s smallest stop-motion animation, entitled Dots.

Who knows what groundbreaking animation Sumo Science, Aardman Animations and Nokia will dream up next?

Photo Credit: Nokia

Check out the films at the links below:

Gulp - The World's Largest Animation

The Making of Gulp - The World's Largest Animation

Dot - The World's Smallest Animation

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