Have you recently decided that it’s time to take your skills, experience, and talent in the field of animation to the next level of success? Have you decided that the next logical step is to open your own animation business where you will be the one in control of who your clients are, what projects you take on, and the direction of your career moving forward?
If so then there is plenty to think of as you launch your start-up, in particular funding, your customer base, your marketing plan, what services you will offer, and so forth. Another thing you’ll want to be giving thought to is how you will set yourself apart from the competition. What makes your animation business different than the others? Well we’ve put together a list of three must-have tools worth investing in that can help you perform you job at a superior level and really stand out from the crowd.
Handheld 3D Laser Scanner
In terms of high-tech tools, a handheld 3D laser scanner certainly makes the list. Scanners, such as the Artec Eva and Eva Lite available through Laser Design can transform how you go about your projects. This handheld device is lightweight and portable, is able to scan in real time, can scan moving objects, doesn’t require much in terms of training or set-up, and there is no need for special markers. It is able to measure at a speed of up to 500,000 points per second, so you can only imagine how quick it will get through jobs.
In terms of standing out from your competition, this is the exact kind of tool that can give you a leg up. It’s a tool that you can advertise to customers and clients and really talk up as you sell your services.
Animation Software That Keeps Up to Your Demands
Of course, you’ll also need dedicated animation software that doesn’t just get the job done but is able to keep up with your demands. Some of the key things to look for in software is one that makes tasks simple and streamlined, fits into your budget, and matches up with your medium (2D, stop-motion, or 3D. Some of the most popular software options for professionals include Maya, Blender, Maxon’s Cinema 4D, and Toon Harmony.
Take Your Creations on the Go with a Portable Device
With animation comes a lot of creativity and with creativity you never know when the moment will strike. While you may give yourself dedicated business hours, those great ideas and concepts can hit at any time. This is why it’s so smart to have a portable device that you can use on the go. Animators tend to prefer a large graphic tablet and then will invest in such things as drawing gloves, and a stylus pen to get those precise drawings.
Staying Competitive Thanks to Tech Tools
Each of these must-have tools will help you to stay competitive as you launch your own animation start-up business.