In a labor of love that lasted more than three years, graphic artist Chuck Schaser has created an animated human body — or at least its animated bones, muscles and skin.
His 40-minute film, “Science Animated: The Human Body,” uses hand-drawn characters and humor to teach about two of the body’s systems and its largest organ: skin.
“Next I’ll do a film about the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems,” said the Vineland resident, who owns Surreal Graphic Design in his hometown. That still leaves many more to do later, including nervous, reproductive and immune systems.
It was like working a second job.
“I put in 15 to 20 hours a week for three-and-a-half years,” he said.
Schaser got the idea one day while driving home from grocery shopping.
“It just hit me,” said the 2005 graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, who grew up a big fan of the animated educational show “Schoolhouse Rock.”
“There used to be a lot more educational animation. Math and science scores are low in America. I thought something like this could be a benefit with kids,” Schaser said.
He ran all the facts in the film by a doctor, he said. And he did all the voice work himself, or kept it in the family, to keep costs low.
Schaser grew up in Vineland, where his family has owned J & C Auto Sales for 37 years.
See a preview of the film, or order it for $17.99, at scienceanimated.net
ACCC student goes on the air
Casey Bailey, of Mullica Township, has landed a paid internship as a third host and producer of the Mike & Diane Show on WAVY 95.1.
Bailey, 19, an Atlantic Cape Community College communications student, made her on-air debut Feb. 20.
“We talk about celebrity dirt, hot topics of the week and weird stories,” she said.
Bailey’s goal is to become a film director or producer.
EHT man presents peace plan
Alan Moss, of Egg Harbor Township, presented a Middle East peace plan to the Policy Studies Organization of the American Political Science Association last month in Washington, D.C.
It was a serious plan, but it was developed for his recently published second novel, “Insidious Deception.”
Moss is a retired U.S. Department of Labor economist whose first book, “Island of Betrayal,” came out in 2010. He will sign books at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. April 6.
The new book’s plot is set during the Arab Spring, Moss said. For more information, visit alanlmoss.com