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Nikon Releases a $4,000 Stop Motion Animator's Kit

Nikon has just made it a lot easier to make Stop Motion animation with their just-released Stop Motion animation kit.  The kit is being used by the internet Stop Motion artist PES, who's is shooting his recently Kickstarted Submarine Sandwich short film over the period of the next few months.

Their newly released kit includes the following:

36.6Mp D810 DSLRAF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF_ED FX-format macro prime lensDragonframe 3.5 Stop Motion animation software and controllerEH-5b/EP-5B power supply and connector

I wouldn't exactly label this as a 'beginner' kit, it seems to be leaning much more on the intermediate/professional side of things when you take into account the $4,000 price tag.  The camera is a step up from the Nikon D3x that Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox was shot on, so seemingly 4k isn't so much to ask considering that it cost that amount for just the D3x camera body, not including a lens.

You can preorder the kit on their website: http:/…

Short Flicks: "Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request"

Great news!!!!  The incredibly awesome Japanese cult-comic Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai is being developed into a Stop Motion feature!

And just to whet your appetite for more Usagi they've released a 7-minute proof-of-concept short film on YouTube that's posted below.  The film is made by Lintika Films on a shoestring budget.  The main workhorses on this project were it's director, Roel Robles, and the rest of this crew: Ray Gilberti, Fon Davis, Todd Fellows, Euisung Lee, and Lauren Vogt.  Planning a feature, Lintika is reportedly 'currently speaking with investors' to hopefully get the project of a feature film to get finally made.

If your looking for more updates on a Usagi feature keep up with them on their Facebook page and their Twitter.


Laika 'Unboxes' a New 'BoxTrolls' Poster, Take a Look!

The BoxTrolls will hit US and Canadian theaters September 26, 2014.