I recently spoke to my head of department at university and he is interested in setting up a room that students could book for the purpose of animating. He wants me to help set it up. The idea of the space is that students could book it for a period of a days or weeks and it would be set up with the purpose of animation.
I to this point have been animating in my room and most of my equipment is basically improvised from things I can buy at a hardware store. So I really have no idea what I should recommend for the room.
What are the essentials I should recommend be put in an animating space?
I and my university are in Australia...is there a good website for purchasing equipment that ship internationally?
What software should I recommend?
I would appreciate any advice. :)