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Codate Establishes 'No Pictures' Animation Studio for Shorts

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Studio will use pre-existing assets, royalty-free material to produce animation

Video content company Codate announced on May 18 that it has founded an anime studio named No Pictures. The new studio produces no raw original animation of its own, but will use pre-existing content and royalty-free material, such as regional mascot characters, or digitally altered royalty-free photographs. Codate noted in its announcement that this method allows the studio to produce short animation to address industry problems such as work fatigue and shortage of staff. Codate also claims the new method will reduce the time between conceptualization to production, and lowers production costs.

The studio currently has two plans for production: a "Light Plan" for animation that is 30 seconds or shorter in length, and a "Free Plan" for longer animation, with a 200,000 yen-per-minute production cost. The studio can produce the animation through Flash, motion comics, or stop-motion animation.

Codate previously served production assistance to the Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat anime, which premiered last July. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

Sources: Codate Official Website (link 2),Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)


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