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THE STORY
The Shortest Distance is an action-packed animated web serial, featuring a power-mad oil baron (Harold Heinous) who has devised a way to drill through the center of the Earth and steal oil from beneath the Middle East. Meanwhile, valiant environmental scientest Dr. Harmony Bradford discovers his plot, and races to stop him before the Earth is engulfed in a massive end-of-days-style catastrophic event.

BEHIND THE STORY
The Shortest Distance was written as a radio play, which was performed and recorded live in front of an audience in 2013 at the Art Works Theater in Hollywood, CA (now www.schkapf.com). The allstar cast included Shae D'Lyn performing in the first project ever with her actor-father Micheal Shelle as Harold Heinous. The cast also included members of Los Angeles performance group The Poor Dog Group, actor-musician Saxon Jones, actress Vanessa Weinberg, and Scott Blackburn as the narrator. The live audience and band members also played assorted roles. Live musical accompanyment was provided by The Silver Palm Trio. TSD premiered in the Atlanta Radio Fringe Fest 2013. The live play was directed by Stacy Dawson Stearns.

A listening party of the radio play featured a simple storyboard-like visual accompanyment, which was well received, leading to the implementation of a full-blown animated film/web series. The animations were created by Jonathon Stearns.

Audio Services provided by Kingsize Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Audio producer/engineer: Brian Rosemeyer

THE SHORTEST DISTANCE
Written by Jonathon Stearns
Directed by Stacy Dawson Stearns

starring (in alphabetical order):
Scott Blackburn
Bradford Culver
Shae D'lyn
Carey Fosse
Andrew Gilbert
Saxon Jones
Michael Shelle
Vanessa Weinberg
Carey Fosse
William Tutton
Stacy Dawson Stearns
Nigel R Mitchell
Our amazing audience

Featuring music by The Silver Palm Trio

Yeti costumes and dance - Gregory Barnett

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Channel B4
Artworks Theater (now www.schkapf.com)
Kingsize Soundlabs
Shae D'lyn
Poor Dog Group
Vanessa Weinberg
Saxon Jones