With only 41 days until Christmas, I asked a couple of the Squeezed Media animators what animation-related gift they’d most like to find under the tree on Christmas Day this year.
The results were just as wacky as you’d expect. Here’s what they said…
Suggested by Dave
At risk of stating the obvious, the Sketch Wallet is… Well… A leather wallet that contains a sketchbook.
Why would you want that? More specifically, why would an animator want that?
You’re more likely to practice your craft if it’s accessible.
Put it this way: throughout your day, you’re likely to have your phone and wallet close at hand. And, when you’re bored on the tube, you’re obviously going to reach for your phone to pass the time. Unless, that is, your wallet’s a Sketch Wallet.
It’s a solid gift for someone who works in the creative industry.
Suggested by Laura
When I sent out an email to the Squeezed Media team asking them what they’d put on a wish list, Laura simply said, ‘Finding Dory’.
I can only assume she meant the DVD and not the animated fish, though I wouldn’t put it past her to request the latter (Sidenote: DON’T BUY A BLUE TANG FISH).
Finding Dory follows the forgetful fish on her journey to find her parents. The DVD and Blu-ray release date is set for November 15, 2016.
Wacom Cintiq 27HD Touch
Suggested by Dave
This enormous tablet boasts a 27 inch screen and stellar reviews all over the internet. With 1.07 billion colours and high-resolution 2560×1440 LCD display, Wacom claims it’ll revolutionise digital creation for illustrators, image editors, designers, developers and motion-picture professionals.
So what’s the catch? The price tag. Here’s hoping Father Christmas is feeling generous. £1,659.95-sort-of-generous.
ALEX N5 Posture Tracker & Coach
Suggested by myself
If you spend all day working at a desk and computer, you’ve probably experienced some sort of neck or back ache. Add in a few fiddly animations and a couple of tight deadlines and you’ve got yourself a recipe for postural disaster.
Enter ALEX, a wearable posture coach and tracker. This futuristic bit of technology measures the angle of your neck and the position of your head and vibrates if your posture is poor for more than a few minutes.
What a time to be alive.
Access to Pixars Render Farm
Suggested by Sean
For those of you who don’t know what a render farm is, it’s a high performance computer system which allows you to render high-res, realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI) in a reasonable amount of time. This is essential for animation studios such as Pixar who are driven by production time-lines and deadlines.
It would no doubt make life a lot easier for an animator at Squeezed Media. Now, about gaining access…
What more could an animator want?