*DUMBCAN*T3i cos the articulated screen will help, particularly if you ever want to film urban or skateboarding as well. It means you don't have to get into awkward body positions to get the right angle, you can rotate the screen.
kit lens should do at first, but save another $400 and get a second hand tokina 11-16 f2.8, aka the newschoolers lens.
Mr.BallSackWould a Nikon D5200 be worth the extra money? I mean it does shoot 1080p @ 60fps where the T3i and D3200 only shoot @ 30 fps and it has an articulated screen.. hmmm