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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 16 2018

About

THE BASICS

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 Benjamin Arthur are currently in production of the animated short which masterfully combines fantastic imagery, tongue-in-cheek storytelling, and vocabulary learning; using the backdrop of public radio. 

THE STORY

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. 

The animated short is based on a short story which can be read here: http://www.victorstabin.com/emc3/

THE VOICES 

For these character’s voices, Stabin reached out to some of his favorite public radio hosts; who better to play public radio hosts. To his surprise and delight, quite a few were willing to lend their voices to the project. The star-studded cast of The Bonito is Finito includes Brooke Gladstone, Lucy Kellaway, Leonard Lopate, and Andy Lanset with Dave Davies, Richard Hake, Andy Lanset, and Jami Floyd already signed on for E=MC3.

 

THE FIRST ONE 

Independent film festival-winning animated short The Bonito is Finito, is a timely, true, Cautionary Tale, about a half mackerel - half oak tree mutant named Bibo, the Bifoliated Bonito. A circle of life, end times fable, about a happy hermaphrodite, living in a pharmaceutical-laced Michigan lake. Featuring the voices of radio personalities Lucy Kellaway, Leonard Lopate, Brooke Gladstone, and Andy Lanset.

THE ARTIST

Getting Ready —Oil on Linen—41′′ x 50′′
Getting Ready —Oil on Linen—41′′ x 50′′

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. 

THE ANIMATOR


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, like Stanford University and Freakonomics, as well as animating the popular Why Can't We Walk Straight? and The Billion Bug Highway animations for RadioLab's Robert Krulwich, one of which earned the pair a Multimedia Innovation award from the White House News Photographers Association's 2011. 

The Rewards


Custom 8gb USB Flash Drive
Custom 8gb USB Flash Drive


Still Print from E=MC3
Still Print from E=MC3
Head for the Weeds - Still Print from E=MC3
Head for the Weeds - Still Print from E=MC3
Daedal Doodle, The ABC Book for the Ages
Daedal Doodle, The ABC Book for the Ages

Risks and challenges

We are already hard at work producing this animation. This is the second animation we have made in this series so we know what we are in for. This is also our second KickStarter campaign (hopefully our second successful Kickstarter campaign too) so we're well prepared for fulfillment. The major challenge we face is completing this animation without reaching our project goal.

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    Custom 8GB Preloaded USB & E=MC3 Print

    A custom 8gb USB flash drive, featuring artwork from Daedal Doodle, loaded with The Bonito is Finito and E=MC3 animations along with an 8x11 print of a stillframe(5 to choose from), from the animation. You will also be included in the Thank you page of the credits and receive our thank you email.

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    Signed 8x11 Print of a Still from E=MC3

    Your choice of 1 of 5 still frames from the animation, printed on high-quality paper and personally signed by Victor Stabin. You will also be included in the Thank you page of the credits and receive our thank you email.
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    Signed 8x10 Print & Custom USB Drive

    Your choice of 1 of 5, 8x10 still frames from the animation, printed on high-quality paper and personally signed by Victor Stabin along with a custom 8gb USB flash drive, featuring artwork from Daedal Doodle, loaded with The Bonito is Finito and E=MC3. You will also be included in the Thank you page of the credits and receive our thank you email.
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    Daedal Doodle with Personal Inscription

    Get a copy of the award-winning ABC book for the ages, Daedal Doodle, from which the radio stories are derived. Your copy will be signed and numbered on an exclusive KickStarter limited run on which Victor will write a personal inscription of your choice. Also included is a custom 8gb USB flash drive, featuring artwork from Daedal Doodle, loaded with The Bonito is Finito and E=MC3. And you will be included in the Thank you page of the credits and receive our thank you email.
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    Large Signed Print of E=MC3 Still Frame

    Your choice of 1 of 3, 16x20 still frames from the animation, printed on high-quality 300lb rag paper and personally signed and numbered by Victor Stabin along with a custom 8gb USB flash drive, featuring artwork from Daedal Doodle, loaded with The Bonito is Finito and E=MC3. You will also be included in the Thank you page of the credits and receive our thank you email.
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    Become a Credited Producer

    You'll have the exclusive privilege of becoming a Producer on this animated short, with your name prominently featured in the credits. You will also receive our custom 8gb USB flash drive and a signed 8x10 still from the animation. (with free shipping).

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    Custom Animated Shout Out

    The Chatty Clam, voiced by Victor or yourself, will give you an animated shout out. You will also be a Credited Producer on the film and receive our custom 8gb USB flash drive and a signed 8x10 still from the short. (with free shipping).

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    Screening and Lunch with Victor Stabin

    Watch E=MC3 with Victor over lunch, then get a personal tour of his studio and gallery in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. All along with an Executive Producer credit, Exclusive Framed Large Signed and Numbered Print & Custom 8GB Flash Drive.
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Funding period

- (28 days)