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A Japanese Rock ‘N’ Roll Ghost Storyがまたまた取り上げられました。よ!






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Robot55 Photo Shoot with the 50 Kaitenz!

Today, Danny, Dory and Bogie of the world famous and awesome 50 Kaitenz came to the Robot55 studios and did some voice recording and, for fun, we took some photos.

Thanks guys! You are a blast as always!

The 50 Kaitenz, Dory, Bogie and Danny. June 20, 2015 at Robot55 studios in Harajuku.

The 50 Kaitenz, Dory, Bogie and Danny. June 20, 2015 at Robot55 studios in Harajuku.

Last night the 50 Kaitenz just finished up their “Back to the Kidz” tour with a sold out finale at Shinjuku Loft! Well done boys.

The 50 Kaitenz, I think, are one of Japan’s best rock bands. I have loved this band for years! These guys are fucking HOT!!!! Here’s a video of them. Japan’s best band?


By the way, we have a huge summer announcement coming up on June 25, 2015. So stay tuned!

50 Kaitenz! Thanks for coming to the studio, thanks for being our friends and thank you for the Rock and Roll!


Ken Nishikawa and Mike Rogers with the 50 Kaitenz and Sato kun – June 20, 2015!


At Robot55 we make Top 3 videos and Top 3 New Artist videos and other video productions for businesses and services and products, but we also pride ourselves on making videos for art and music. Our starting price is ¥70,000 and we are sure we can work out something that fits your budget. Oh, and we love making band videos too! Contact us!

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Thinking About Crowdfunding Your Project? A Few Questions You Need to Ask!

(Top: Photo of the shoot for the trailer for the Japanese Rock ‘N’ Roll Ghost Movie we are making…)


I am getting ready to launch a crowdfunding project for a movie. It’s an exciting time. As the time gets closer, and because I have ran a few Start-up companies, several questions have popped into my mind.

I’d like to share these questions with you, in order to help you, too, to run a successful Crowd-Funding campaign (if you ever think about doing that)… Or, at least ask some of the questions you need to ask so you don’t wind up with a problem later.

Until now, I have been involved with three Crowd-Funding projects; two for the “Children With Incurable Diseases” charity and one where I merely introduced a musician friend to a Crowd-funding site to help finance their next album. All three were “successful.”

And there’s the “rub.”

Let me explain; in the case of the children’s charity, we gathered money to donate to the charity and gave the people who contributed a magnet and stickers from our radio show. We didn’t create anything for anyone so there was no obligation from us after the funding campaign ended excepting to send out the gifts to participants. It was Crowd-Funding just to get donations for the children with incurable diseases and their families. I think we gathered 3 or 4 thousand dollars and donated it to the charity. Since there was no further obligation from us, it was simple.

Even if we had only gathered $50, it would have been “successful.” We only donated magnets and stickers that we gave away for free anyway to promote our radio show.

Early days of Crowd-Funding in Japan: Radio Show Crowd-Funding for Children With Incurable Diseases Charity

Early days of Crowd-Funding in Japan: Radio Show Crowd-Funding for Children With Incurable Diseases Charity. I ran the funding alongside my radio show and one of the biggest newspapers in Japan ran a feature on us. (Photo, left to right: Furukawa Taro, Me, George Williams.)


I understand my musician friend did well and finished their album. I merely introduced them to the Crowd-Funding site, so I am not aware of problems with payments, returning gifts to participants and the rest. But the musician finished the recording and the album, so I guess they were happy.

For my up-coming project, things are quite different and questions need to be asked.

For those of us doing Crowd-Funding for projects, I think a problem might come in that folks think the Crowd-Funding is for funding the project, and the project itself is a separate issue. I believe this kind of thinking is a big mistake; the Crowd-Funding must be considered as the financial issue involved with the project so it is at least 1/2 as important as how the finished project comes out.

Let me explain further; I have calculated that my movie project will require at least $60,000 (USD) to finance. Anything over that will go to making a more “gorgeous” film. Anything under $60,000 and I can’t make the film. This is a critical point.

All the Crowd-Funding companies have slightly different terms and conditions. It’s hard to navigate the ins and outs that set one apart from another. Rules vary from company to company and from nation to nation! So Caveat emptor (let the buyer beware!)…

After shopping around, I have had several meetings with the staff of the Crowd-funding company I plan to use and, from these meetings, I have figured out a few things that you (and I) need to know and questions we need to ask before we start any Crowd-Funding campaigns.

At my second meeting with the Crowd-Funding company, I told them that I needed $60,000. But they said that we should “‘Lower the target’ to $10,000 so we can have a ‘successful campaign’ no matter what.” This sounded good at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized why this is a huge mistake and, if your project definitely needs “X” amount, you have to stick to your guns and make your target the same.


The Crowd-Funding company gets paid on all “Successful Projects.” So, if the target is set at $10,000, and we get $10,000, then it’s successful for them and they get their 20% margin no matter what. This is smart from their company point-of-view because they can get $2000 for their efforts even if we fail miserably to get the money we need to make MY project.

This is a huge problem.

Like I said, I need $60,000 to finish my film. If I get only $10,000, then I can’t make my film. Not only that, but I am out $2000 to the Crowd-Funding site and I then I have to return the $10,000 to the participants; I’m out $2,000 (or $12,000 – depending on how you look at it). So I cannot agree to any “Success Amount” under about $80,000 (because the Crowd-Funding site takes a 20% margin!)

This is what I need: $80,000 – 20% ($16,000) = $64,000. Anything else is a failure. If I make my success amount $10,000 and get only, say, $50,000, then I’m really screwed because the Crowd-Funding company would take their 20% margin ($10,000) but I’d be in a position where I’d either have to pay everyone back (and be out the $10,000) or I have to cough up the money myself or take out a loan somewhere!

No thanks!

If I make the “Success Target” anything under what I need (about $80,000), then I am out 20% to the Crowd-Funding site, and I may not be able to finish my project, so I’ll have to return all the money; not make my film and have to pay the Crowd-Funding company anyway.

That’s a huge risk that I just cannot take.

A “Successful Crowd-funding Project” must meet the amount I need to finish my project, not an arbitrary amount so that, the Crowd-Funding site gets their 20%.

Like I said, I’ve ran Start-Up companies so I understand the rationale as to why the Crowd-Funding sites would want to lower the “Success Target” (they get their 20% no matter what)… But it puts me and my project into a dangerous risk position.

This is the biggest fundamental issue that I can see with Crowd-Funding that, if you are thinking about launching a project, then you need to think about deeply. Crowd-Funding is a relatively new idea to raise money, and I like it. But I can see lots of trouble down the road for folks who set up their Crowd-Funding projects in a financially disadvantageous manner.

Please think about this issue carefully.

Other big questions that I think you need to clear before deciding on any Crowd-Funding company:

1) In the margin from ‘sales’ that the Crowd-Funding company takes, are the credit card charges included? Or are you responsible for another 5% (or more) for the credit card charges too? And what about “returns”?

2) What are your responsibilities for any projects that fail to be completed? In my case, I have a bunch of rock stars in my movie. What if one of them, or the main actor, does a “James Dean” and gets himself killed in a car accident? (Yes, yes. I know that’s why we have car insurance, etc…. But how practical is that that an insurance company would allow me to insure a musician because he’s in my Indies movie? Probably not too likely.)

3) How is the money disbursed from the Crowd-Funding company after the Crowd-Funding campaign is over?

3a) Do they pay you a lump sum before the project is finished? Or, do they offer a “loan” (with interest) to me until the project is completed? (If I were the Crowd-Funding company, I’d definitely do this loan business too!)… But, as the guy who ran the campaign, I doubt that I’d take out a loan on my money that was sent to me for my project and go into debt. I started the Crowd-Funding so I wouldn’t have to take on debt in the first place, right?

3b) If the Crowd-Funding company does 3a (above), then I would seriously consider making my own unique webpage and running my own Crowd-Funding project and keep the 20% (My friends, A.J. Vivani and Sean Springer did so here:!support-the-film/c1met)

4) Does the Crowd-Funding offer an easy to use list of everyone who donated money and their addresses, etc. (This is obvious, but you’d better ask. The first Crowd-Funding I did for the children’s charity did not offer an easy to use system so this drove me crazy!)

Well, these are all the main issues I have at this moment. I will write more as I dive deeper into this project.

Or, I might not. Today, in 2.5 hours, I have a meeting with the Crowd-Funding people and if we can’t work out details to make sure that I don’t lose sleep over night about this Crowd-Funding, then it isn’t going to happen this time… But, maybe next time it will.

Will write more about it again soon.

*If anyone else out there has had any experiences with Crowd-Funding, good or bad, please let us know in the comments section! Thanks!


At Robot55 we make video productions for businesses and services and products, but we also pride ourselves on making videos for art and music. Our starting price is ¥70,000 and we are sure we can work out something that fits your budget. Oh, and we love making band videos too! Contact us!

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More Stop-Motion Animations ~ 初期のアニメ!

Here’s this week’s episode of Stop-Motion Animations for April 11, 2015!

First up, is a guy named Lou Bunin. Lou Bunin was an American puppeteer, artist, and pioneer of stop-motion animation in the middle half of the twentieth century. He was a mural artist in Mexico City in 1926. There he created political- statement puppet shows using marionettes.  Famed Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist Tina Modotti took many pictures of Bunin and his puppets and included them in her work, “The Hands of the Puppeteer.”

When he returned to the USA, Bunin created animated three-dimensional puppets to appear in the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. His 1943 political stop-motion satire, Bury the Axis, is also famous. Years later, Lou Bunin worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films where he created the stop-motion Prologue to the famed film, Ziegfeld Follies (MGM).

Later on, Bunin went on to create a feature length stop-motion animation film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland in 1949. The film starred Carol Marsh as a live-action Alice. It is quite well done. Walt Disney, though, prevented it from being widely released in the U.S., because Walt Disney feared it would compete with his 1951 animated version. To add insult to injury, the film was banned in Britain as Bunin’s Queen of Hearts was seen as unflattering to Queen Victoria. This film has been restored and shown at museums around the US, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. You can see the full feature length film here. Below is the trailer!

Lou Bunin’s Alice in Wonderland Trailer (1949)

Next up is Arthur “Art” Clokey. You may not know the name, but if you ever watched American TV animations in the sixties, you know Art Clokey’s work. He is best known as the creator of the character Gumby in the well-known “The Adventures of Gumby.” When actor and comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Gumby in a skit on Saturday Night Live, the animation enjoyed a sort of revival. There was even a Gumby movie called, of course, “Gumby: The Movie.” Others who viewed Sunday morning animations know Clokey’s other extremely famous work, Davey and Goliath which was sponsored by the Lutheran Church in America.

Art Clokey – Mandala

Finally, today’s “feature”!

Charles R. Bowers was a cartoonist as well as a slapstick comedian during the silent film and early “talkie” era in America.

Wikipedia says: “Charles R. Bowers was forgotten for decades and his name was absent from most histories of the Silent Era, although his work was enthusiastically reviewed by André Breton and a number of his contemporaries. As his surviving films have an inventiveness and surrealism which give them a freshness appealing to modern audiences, after his rediscovery his work has sometimes been placed in the “top tier” of silent film accomplishments (along with those of, for example, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd). In comic style, he probably modelled himself after both Harry Langdon and Buster Keaton and was known to the French as “Bricolo.”

This is very good and I think it is brilliant in concept!

Charley Bowers – There it is!

Well that’s it for this week’s animations. I hope you enjoyed them! See you next week when we will probably try out some different types of animations! Stay Tuned!


If you want to see more, click on one of the links below!

初期のアニメ!Early Animations! Part 4 (初期のアニメ!early-animations-part-4/)

Need a Break? Watch These Three Fantastic Short Animations! (

More Exciting (and Bizarre) Animations! (

More Exciting (and Bizarre) Animations! Part 3〜おもしろい動画をご紹介


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Creating and Doing Quality Work Takes Planning

(Ninja Slayer News at bottom!)

Out of the mouths of babes (oft times come gems) – Ancient proverb

When working on any project, be it a company, community or school project, nothing motivates people more than getting them involved and letting them know that their opinion is important and respected.

A good manager will listen to all ideas and opinions, attempt to get a consensus or at least understanding from the members, then make a decision.

There are four things I always like to keep in mind whenever I am doing any project. These are things that I find I must force myself to do as they are not easy to achieve. Those things are:

1) Deciding that, if you are going to do it, you are going to do it world class.

2) Understanding that to do world class you need to plan and make the effort. Old Japanese saying: 80% of success is in planning.

3) Listen to everyone’s ideas and get them involved.

4) Nothing motivates people more than knowing they are respected and nothing gets them to do a better job than letting them feel “ownership” in a project. And that’s the key to getting great work out of mediocre workers.

I think these four points are critical for success in any project, whether it is a video project or planning and designing just about anything!

Heck, even planning a good event like a birthday party or wedding has the same rules.

Nothing makes up for lack of money more than a bunch of great ideas and the best way to get great ideas is to listen to everyone. Two heads are better than one… I reckon it stands to reason that three heads are better than two. You’ll get those great ideas through great communication and brainstorming with your team.

Like it says in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Don’t dream it. Be it.” We are reaching for the stars.

For your company projects, are you discussing and planning enough with your staff before you jump into the project or are you shooting from the hip? Remember, 80% of success is in the planning.

Teamwork requires team effort and team opinion….

Don’t do like Dilbert’s boss says, “Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.”

Teamwork is getting everyone involved, listening to them all, making them feel respected and giving them “ownership” of the project.


NINJA SLAYER! Right now, the team at Robot 55 is working on the information program for the animation entitled Ninja Slayer that starts April 16, 2015 at 11 pm on Niconico. ( I am confident that our program with Ninja Slayer will be a success as we strive for world class quality – in spite of a shoestring budget.

Before even starting and accepting the job, we discussed for several hours different ideas and ways to approach the program. Then we came up with what we thought was a good starting point.

We’re glad we did.

The discussion and planning are a crucial part of the success of this video project… It is necessary for the success of any project.

Niconico is announcing our show to the world on April 11, 2015. The show begins April 16. We’ll be having a cool video preview for you right here on this Robot55 blog on April 11.

Stay tuned!

Ninja Slayer TV show

Ninja Slayer TV show

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More Exciting (and Bizarre) Animations! Part 3〜おもしろい動画をご紹介

Hey welcome back for some more great animations.I hope you folks enjoy this series of animations. As for me, I find that watching these things inspires me and gives me ideas for when I make my own video productions for Robot55. It is amazing that, in many cases, so many wonderful videos remain of productions that were made on shoe string budgets.

I love that sort of thinking. It is the ultimate in creativity. I hope that some of these videos give you ideas for your creative productions whether those are video productions, art, writing a book, or even making a cake! Whatever we do, let’s have fun!

The first animation up today is one of the earliest animators. His name is Willis O’Brien. Most of you might recognize his work as he was the guy who made the giant gorilla in the classic 1933 film, “King Kong.” I remember watching that film in cinema class at university and just being simply amazed that they could have this animation so many years ago…. (I was studying animation too at  the time!)

Willis Harold O’Brien was born in Oakland, California in 1886. He is a pioneer in motion picture special effects and stop-motion animations. He is well known and his reputation was (and still is) that he, “was responsible for some of the best-known images in cinema history.” O’Brien is best remembered for his work on The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949). He won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He wrote the story for King Kong vs. Frankenstein which was changed and was developed into Ishirō Honda’s King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).

Here is Willis H. O’Brien from 1915 – “The dinosaur and the missing link”

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Next up is some stop animation work that, when I was a kid, I didn’t like at all. For some reason, these images disturb me. I can’t put my finger on it… But I guess they made me fear that my toys were alive while I was sleeping. You might recognize some of these images and this style too. This is work by George Pal.

George Pal was born in 1908 in Hungary and moved to the USA in 1940. He was an animator and film producer, mostly doing science fiction (maybe that’s where the scary part came in for me as a kid). He was nominated for Academy Awards in the category Best Short Cartoons for seven years in a row between 1942 – 1948! Wow! Pal is the the second most nominated Hungarian exile after Miklós Rózsa.

George Pal has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1722 Vine St.

Rocky Horror Picture Show fans will be interested in the trivia that, in the opening theme to that show, of both the stage musical, “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” George Pal is among the many references to classic science fiction and horror films in the opening theme.

Here’s George Pal with “Philips Broadcast” from 1938:

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OK. I said the last animation scared me as a kid. Next up is a very bizarre and twisted animation that is sure to cause the kids have nightmares. I cannot find any information about this Japanese animator nor this animation. But I think it speaks for itself.

Hitoshi Suenaga Distrust of Romantica:

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Well that’s it for this week. Hope you enjoyed this short trip into the past and the minds of some very “out of the box” creators. See you next week, same place and same time!

Psst! Want to see more?

Need a Break? Watch These Three Fantastic Short Animations! (

More Exciting (and Bizarre) Animations!


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Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd Short Comedy Genius!〜素晴らしい短編コメディ動画をご紹介

It’s a beautiful day! Time for Saturday Comedy Theater! Today, I’d like to feature two of my most favorite of all time silent movie comedy bits.

First off is one I have seen a hundred times but it still makes me laugh out loud with the genius of the idea. The boxing scene from Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” which was released in 1931. It was immediately successful upon release on January 30, 1931, with positive reviews and box office receipts of $5 million. Today, critics consider it not only one of the highest accomplishments of Chaplin’s career, but one of the greatest films ever made. It inspires me because, whenever I’m doing a low budget video production and need a good idea (and who doesn’t?) I think of this movie. Chaplin, due to a well thought-out script and idea, is able to pull off one of the highlights of cinematic history for a relatively low cost. True genius! And hilarious! Take 6 minutes to watch this and have a great laugh!

(If video doesn’t play, click here: Charlie Chaplin boxing – City Lights

Next up is one that I bet many of you have seen photos of but probably have never seen the actual film. Ever see the old silent film photo of a  man hanging from a clock high above the streets? That’s it! Harold Lloyd’s 1923 comedy classic, “Safety Last!”  This is truly brilliant too!

Harold Lloyd’s 1923 comedy classic, “Safety Last!” Watch the video first, details below:

(If video doesn’t play, click here: Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last”- 1923

Safety Last! was released in 1923 as a romantic comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. It is about a man who gets out of jail but wants to marry his sweetheart so he goes to the city to find success. In this scene, he is running from the police and the only way to escape is by climbing a tall building. I have to admit, after all these years in film and video, I still don’t know how they did this in the early 1920s… Did they have a Chroma-key (blue screen) back then? No! Right? So how the heck did they make it look like he is 30 floors above the crowded street?

This film, as I said, includes one of the most famous and iconic images from the entire silent film era: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. Safety Last was highly successful and it sealed the status of Harold Lloyd as a major star in early motion pictures. This film is still extremely still popular at film revivals, and it is viewed today as one of the greatest of the film comedies. Also, get this, that isn’t a stunt-man climbing, it is Harold Lloyd! And he did that in spite of losing a finger in an accident a few years beforehand!

We hope you enjoyed today’s film productions. Today, at Robot55, we are going to make a video production and shoot photo stills of some pin-up and bikini girls for a TV show we are making … Yeah, life is tough… I’ll try to post some photos for you soon!


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More Exciting (and Bizarre) Animations!〜おもしろい動画をご紹介

Just over a week ago, I posted an article that featured some very cool animations by a Stop-Motion animator named Adam Pesapane who is better known as simply, “Pes.” That article featured one animation in particular that is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar. It is called,  “Fresh Guacamole.” It is a fantastically fun animation and you can watch it and a couple of others here: Need a Break? Watch These Three Fantastic Short Animations! (

That article was extremely popular (thanks!) so today I decided to give you some more by other well-known Stop Motion Animators. Of course, this isn’t a Saturday morning kids channel matinee, so these video productions are for adults as they are kind of bizarre and, maybe a tad bit scary, for kids… Especially kids who are used to something like Disney Cartoons.

First up is a guy named Dillon Markey. Dillon Markey is known for his work on The Mr. Men Show (2008), Robot Chicken (2005) and Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (2010). Dillon has also worked with many famous animators and even Pes, so I thought he’d be cool to kick us off.

I think if I were a little kid, Dillon’s animation might give me nightmares!

In the late seventies, I used to go to an Art Cinema in Los Angeles to watch movies with my friends. I remember, at that theater, was the first time I had ever witnessed a David Lynch movie. It was “Eraserhead.” Yeah. That was a freaky movie. I saw it several times

One time before “Eraserhead” played there was a short film entitled “Asparagus.” I’ve looked for that animation for years and haven’t ever found it, until today. Alas, this is not with the original soundtrack (which was much more moody and psychedelic) but this new soundtrack also works well for me. This is awesome. It is by a band called, “KR3” who used Suzan Pitt’s animation for their music. Here’s “KR3 Fractures and Sparks.” (

You can see or buy other films by Suzan Pitt here at her personal homepage: (

Finally, these artists and their works are all very cool, but what collection would be complete without some sort of explanation or history? That brings us to the “grandfather” of all of this sort of animation who, without him, this stuff might not have ever happened. His name is Ray Harryhausen. You may not know the name, but if you were interested in 50s & 60s Science Fiction, then you definitely have seen his work.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Ray Harryhausen:

Raymond Frederick “Ray” Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as “Dynamation.” His most memorable works include the animation on Mighty Joe Young (1949), with his mentor Willis H. O’Brien, which won the Academy Award for special effects; The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), his first color film; and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), featuring a famous sword fight against seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired. Harryhausen moved to the United Kingdom and lived in London from 1960 until his death in 2013. During his life, his innovative style of special effects in films inspired numerous filmmakers including John Lasseter, Peter Jackson, and Tim Burton.

Ray Harryhausen was even friends with science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury! Wow!

Here is a compilation of some of Ray Harryhausen’s many works. If you are over 45 years old or so, I think you might like this drive down memory lane!

Recently, it seems that animations are all the rage (well, duh, this is Japan!) We at Robot55 are proud to announce that we are working with the fine folks at Ninja Slayer on bringing that exciting new animation to the world! Read about that here: Ninja Slayer Animation Begins April 16th at 11pm on Niconico (

So, until next time! Enjoy the show! I’ll have some more great videos and animations here for your pleasure next week!


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