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All Good Things...


bconf-pass.jpgIt is with pain in my heart that I had to leave the 'after-party' of the Blender Conference in Café Cuba tonight. Talking to Bassam about his time in Buenos Aires with the Plumiferos team and our shared admiration for what they are accomplishing, discussing the redesigns with Matt, learning about Colin Litster's history and aspirations with Blender, having some good laughs with Andy and Lee, finally meeting Rui and looking back on our time in Boston with Wybren - all of it came to an end because of one simple reason: tomorrow is just another day at the office, and I had to return home...

Seeing all these people again was very natural: I've known many of them for years now and coming to the Blender Conference each year only strengthens these ties. Saying goodbye wasn't so easy though - it will most likely be another year before I see many of them again. Hopefully we will be able to meet again at Siggraph this summer!

This is without doubt the most talented and passionate group of people that I know and I feel lucky to be able to play my part in it. Looking back at the weekend and thinking about what it did to me, there's an important lesson for me here: if you have passion in your heart and you allow it to take you where it wants to go, then it good things will come of it and it will take you through the rough times in your life.

Thank you, Ton, Angela, Marco, Anja, Anne and Filipp for making this weekend possible! I think you all did a superb job and I applaud you for the amazing commitment that you have all made. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Adios, friends, I will see you again next year.

PS: I *did* record several more interviews today (pretty good ones!) but I decided I should spend my time with my fellow BlenderHeads in Café Cuba instead of alone, editing video. The interviews and comments about the presentation that I gave today will appear here as soon as possible, hopefully by tomorrow.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Applause!
    Brilliant taking friends over work and the "if you have passion in your heart and you allow it to take you where it wants to go, then it good things will come of it and it will take you through the rough times in your life." Really is true.

  2. pretty meshed up on

    Hey, well done Bart. You have done an amazing job of conveying to the rest of the world the sheer beauty of a Blender conference - the best conference in the World!!

    Thanks also to Ton, Angela, Anja, et al. Great work.

  3. Good things are mostly short.....but like we say: After the show is before the next show! ;)
    ( ...i believe my translating hurts, but you know what i mean...)
    But thanks for sharing some immpresions with us by using your cam!
    Good night.....

  4. Thanks Bart!
    Tomorrow is just fine by me... :o)
    I live on the other side of the world to the conference but I feel as though I have been there cos of your interviews, the streaming etc.
    Very well done imho.
    I just finished downloading 2 sessions to view so off to see...

  5. Reminds me of another episode of Densha Otoko(Train Man).

    "All things must end." That's the dumbest saying I've ever heard.

  6. I wish Emilie and I had been there together at least once. We'll very much miss the opportunity to show up as a couple. It was extremely enjoyable to show up for SIGGRAPH '06 together. Perhaps we'll both show up for SIGGRAPH '07. Great work on the conference everyone! Sorry we missed you. :)

  7. And Bart became reporter for BFC06. :)

    Next year(s) we'll get VIP's, Cheerleaders, orchesters, Fireworks etc etc... :)


  8. I'm glad you took the opportunity to enjoy yourself. The coverage this year has been so amazing this year, and all the sentiment flowing from the community has been more evident than it ever has been to me. By the end of all these videos, I might just cry.

  9. "Reminds me of another episode of Densha Otoko(Train Man)." I was thinking just that yesterday! The story of Blender would make an intense story that rivals Densha Otoko... Maybe we will all see it become a feature film some day, hmm? Made in Blender perhaps, hmm? like... Orange 10.

  10. Bart, thanks a lot for these excellents video reports.

    I hope that next year life will allow me to go to the conference and meet all these devoted Blender heads and thank them face to face for all they do for us, simple users!


  11. Me too i want to applause for the Conference! :-D

    I noticed also a very cool organisation this year, also for us that can't be there with all such talented Blenderheads, the live and video coverage of the sessions has been incredibile.

    Thank you too Bart for your news and video coverage of the event, really really thanks.

    (from Rome)

  12. A big thanks to all involved (including the viewers!) from me too! If anyone's interested, there's a small recap of the AV side and a few photos on my website.

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