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Mesmerizing Animation: Capturing an Emperor’s Face in Bronze

This captivating 2-D animation, combined with stop-motion, is not your everyday how-to video. The film artistically explains the "lost wax" technique, a simple bronze casting process applied here to a plaster replica of the original bronze statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian found in Tel-Shalem, Israel, dating to A.D. 117-138 . Filmmakers Renana Aldor and Kobi Vogman worked hand in hand with the curator and restoration department of the museum for the "Hadrian" exhibition in Jerusalem's Israel Museum.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.