Forget about the Independent Spirit Awards. IBM just made the ultimate small production: A Boy and His Atom. The 60-s movie contains 242 unique frames, each produced by painstakingly positioning individual carbon monoxide (CO) molecules nearly 10,000 times. The team at IBM Research Almaden labs in San Jose, California, crafted the film with the same scanning tunneling microscope (STM) they used in 2012 to demonstrate a 12-atom-per-bit memory. We spoke with research scientist and team member Chris Lutz to find out how they made the magic happen.