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Animation Stand Upgrade

April 17, 2004
The old Neilson Hordell has never looked better! I got ahold of a fantastic Bessler M3 copy stand and merged it with the Neilson, now it’s more stable and has an awsome 7 foot camera track with smooth movement! The bessler also came with a full set of lights including a backlight which perfectly fits inside the Neilson base.All that’s left now is putting new handles on a few of the cranks, but stand is operational as-is.
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3 comments

  1. hello, where did you get this stand from? i need one for my films! or maybe a simpler one would be fine too. have fun with work! thank you very much 😀


  2. hello, where did you get this stand from? i need one for my films! or maybe a simpler one would be fine too. have fun with work! thank you very much! 😀


    • I just kept an eye out on ebay and craigslist until I found one.

      Really though, there isn’t as much need for an animation stand today. You can get a simple copy stand (much cheaper and far more common) and tape a peg bar to it. Hook up a digital camera and then do all of your pans, rotates, zooms, etc in 2D animation tool like Flipbook, Toonz, AnimeStudio, ToonBoom, Flash, or many others.

      Another route to go is with a scanner with auto-feed and optical registration of pegbars. I just tried out a couple of low-budget solutions for this method this weekend and made a post reviewing their merits and shortcomings.

      Whichever way you go, good luck and my apologies for not responding sooner!



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