But I'm curious and I think the whole group would benefit if you'd acknowledge your thought process in posting this b/c NOW we're all aware of your company b/c we watched your pitch in an effort to meet our needs. This isn't an accident, is it?
I'm def gonna give it a try.. I just got to brush up on my "coloring" :-)
I think you'd get better results if you have a digital camera. I found, even with the cheap camera I had at the time, that putting it on a tripod, and aiming it down at the table, and zooming in the appropriate amount let me take really stellar shots. Many cameras these days come with IR remotes so you can trigger them without touching them (important so you avoid messing up the shot during animation.)
I wonder, though, wouldn't it be easier to do something like this and get better results using a program like Motion? (part of the final cut suite.) I've never used a motion graphics program before, but Motion costs $50, and that's within my budget!