The driving idea behind PopCamp is a simple one – the image of my kids experiencing the joy of creating in pop culture and new arts mediums: comic books, video games, film, television, and visual and special effects. They are such avid consumers of these mediums, why not enjoy the act of creating in them as well?
And the great thing is, there has never been a better time for them to do it. The cost and access to the technologies that drive these industries, previously so expensive and complex, are now accessible to everyone.
Not only is the entertainment industry an exciting place to be creative, with limitless potential, it is also fantastic for the local culture, economy, and environment. You can make and share amazing things and earn a decent living doing so, with a very small environmental impact.
The key to all of this, of course, is the opportunity for kids to try their hand at creating in these mediums, potentially fostering a love for a specific art form but more generally appreciating the skill, hard work, and enthusiasm that go into these amazing projects. Would our love of sports, take hockey or soccer as examples, be diminished if our first chance to experience the joy of playing these great games only came about later in life? Or if only a select few were ever able to participate?
Will the graduates of PopCamp pursue their passions, seek further learning experiences, and go on to work at industry heavyweights like Pixar or Electronic Arts or on multi-million dollar movies? Perhaps… But that is not our main goal. The main goal is for these children to have fun and to love what they do. If this experience in any way contributes to that end, a life long love of learning and creating in these mediums, whether it is for professional or personal reasons, then their success (and ours) is most definitely assured.
PopCamp: Because Making Stuff Is Awesome.