It was interesting to hear Ton speak of future projects in the keynote address.
One of the things touched on was the possibility of a permanent studio in Amsterdam for people to visit.
This sounds like a great idea.
Ton indicated there was interest from people he had spoken to about it but he was not sure how it could come about.
I wonder if people would like to contribute some ideas for this in this thread incl those who were Orangers.
For my own thoughts I think it may be possible to set up some sort of cultural experience or perhaps exchange system.
This would allow young people say 18-24 to go to Holland for 4-6 months. At any one time about 9 people are there including 3 more permanent - 1 year - studio leaders under Tons overall direction.
Possibly one of those leaders is someone specialising in the Blender education part of things. This person would coordinate the coming and going of studio members, record skills etc, and perhaps correspond with new people ahead of their attendance so that they are aware of how the projects they are joining are functioning.
Of course there is accomodation and nannying of away from homes to consider so may be a tenth person…
Part of their time in Holland is to appreciate part of Europe and different ways and peoples
It is just not for being a Blender animator 100 hrs -horror- per week.
There must be set conditions of reasonable ‘employment’ for their period.
The studio is partly funded by clients and sales, governments grant, individuals sponsorship or donations, and students themselves. If you like a Blender scholarship. They must apply with an already good standard of Blender skills so that they demonstrate commitment and their studio time is productive.
Quality work must emerge from the studio on an ongoing basis for the financial backers to keep participating…
At the end students/artists receive Blender certification and employment references as well as have something for a portfolio.
They return home with world experience and improved skills to spread good words about Blender and other peoples from around the world…and of course great pride in their artistic achievement.
This all sounds like a LOT of work but maybe something wonderful can happen through the power of the Blender community.