I need a quick run down of the necessary tools, amount of people and expenses to create a 5 minute (minimum) to 15 minute (maximum) PROFESSIONAL 2D animation(s). I heard a guy once said he could outsource a 30 minute cartoon for $1,000, but I want some American talent and I am going to jump in the middle to learn along side professionals. (or at the very least look over their shoulders with an unnerving twitch) My estimate, assuming I already have the tools (which I'm sure I don't) is about $5,000 to get what I want.
How many people would a project like this take? (I know it's vague, but try to think 10 minutes of a Disney quality movie or something) Art direction, choreographers, backgrounds, animators, etc?
To really create a dynamic, professional animation to my desire, how long would this process take to allow for maximum creativity breathing space but being smart with resources and time?
What kinds of tools will I need in the way of physical things like paper pencils and such but also in electronics? If professional equipment is simply too much to purchase, are animators typically comfortable with working in Flash, Photoshop, etc? to produce a HIGH QUALITY production?
Would this be something that animators usually demand money from a relatively small project or is this something where they will pitch in for a portfolio reasons? Perhaps a middle ground so I'm not completely stripped of my cash?
Does anyone know of a lawyer or some kind of firm I could contact to get the details on copyright information on themes, characters, settings, names and logos?
I understand how vague this is (for personal reasons) but I don't need exact numbers, just some ball park figures, please. Sometimes your dreams... they need planning.