JIM THORPE, PA, May 1 - Albert Einstein creates a perpetual motion refrigerator that brings peace to the Middle East in this surrealist dreamscape, from renowned artist, Victor Stabin. Stabin and award-winning animator Ben Arthur are currently in production of the animated short and have launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking funds to help complete the animation.
E=MC3, the follow-up to Stabin's award-winning animation, The Bonito is Finito, takes the viewer into an alternative universe filled with gorgeously rendered, anthropomorphized characters in out-of-this-world settings. This tale had its genesis in the strange but true story of Einstein's work on a highly efficient refrigerator in Berlin circa 1920's. This remarkable story fused with Stabin's long-running love affair with public radio and stunning imagination to produce a historical fiction that unfolds through an NPR-style radio interview. Fittingly, the story's characters will be voiced by well-known public radio announcers, Dave Davies, Richard Hake, Andy Lanset, and Jami Floyd respectively.
E=MC3 is already written and storyboarded. The voiceovers have been recorded. While production continues, funding is necessary in order to complete what is turning out to be a lush and complicated animation project. Stabin hopes to raise at least $7,000, an amount that would cover the remaining costs of production. The Kickstarter campaign can be found at this link and will be open until May 29: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/337367597/e-mc3-animated-short-on-einsteins-perpetual-motion
About Victor Stabin
Victor Stabin is a Brooklyn-born artist, "eco-surrealist" painter, author and illustrator. In his early career, Stabin worked for numerous different publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone as well as designing book covers for publishers Penguin Books, Random House and others. Some of his most well-known work as an illustrator includes painting nine stamps for the United States Postal Service, the cover for the KISS album Unmasked, and a mural for RCA/BMG's headquarters.
Since leaving illustration, Stabin has created a suite of eco-surrealistic paintings and his ABC Book for the Ages, Daedal Doodle. The latter of which he has developed into a curriculum and teaching tool used in several schools across the northeast, an endeavor sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. An educational spin-off effort from this book, Daedal Doodle: Word Lover's Flashcards, was successfully funded by Kickstarter in 2014.
About Benjamin Arthur
Benjamin Arthur is an award-winning animator based in San Francisco. He gained modest acclaim for his animation, Once Upon a Time in the Woods, which has been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube and won awards at numerous film contests around the world as well as CurrentTV.
Arthur has since worked with various institutions and animated the popular "Why Can't We Walk Straight?" and "The Billion Bug Highway" animations for NPR's Robert Krulwich which earned the pair a Multimedia Innovation award from the White House News Photographers Association's 2011.
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