Genova   7/4/2003 - 13/4/2003

Dipartimento di Matematica - Via Dodecaneso, 35 - Genova
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” - Via Brigata Liguria, 9 - Genova
Auditorium dell’Acquario di Genova - Area Porto Antico

Atom Bond - The atom with the golden electron

  1. Original Title: Atom Bond - The atom with the golden electron
  2. Author: Graeme Whittle
  3. Director: Jo Adendorff
  4. Scientific Advisor: Roland Smith
  5. Sound: Konrad Skirlis, Phillip Mcguire
  6. Producer: Jo Adendorff
  7. Production: Classroom Video
  8. Australia
  9. 28 min.
  10. 1999

This animated short film is a parody of a James Bond movie. Gold Metallic Bond Ð the atom with the golden electron - is sent off to investigate why Carbon, Nitrogen and other atoms are training to form unusual chemical bonds. During the investigation he discovers that they are all working on a mysterious Òproject DÓ which also involves a giant DNA molecule. Filled with chases and action, the film nevertheless features a happy ending. The authors of this documentary artfully used images and wordplays to explain all sorts of chemical bonds to a school-aged audience that often regards chemistry as a boring and difficult subject. The topics described include metallic bonds, covalent bonds, ionic bonds, the nature of ions in a solution, electrolysis, dispersion forces, oxigen compounds and carbon allotropes. This is a nice example of a scientific-based animated movie in which making fun of the adventures and misfortunes of a famous character proves a brilliant stratregy to win the audience. A masterful use of graphics for 3D digital animation is another key feature of the film. Dialogues, with voices especially suited to all different roles, are the icing on the cake of a cinematic product that really succeeds in meeting the requirements of entertainment and education alike.

Winner of The most Innovative Documentary at Scinema 2001

Winner of Golden Dragon at Beijing International Film Festival.

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