I was born across the street from Walt Disney Studios world headquarters in Burbank, California — the heart of cinema, broadcast and animation production in North America. I'm an artist, designer, filmmaker, and computer technologist in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a Bachelor of Media Arts degree in animation from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. My specialties include creative technologies such as animation, video and sound production, graphic design, and web development, as well as handmade fine art and computer systems.
Having independently created dozens of short films from concept to completion, and worked professionally as a freelancer, I have a broad skill set in live-action video production, animation, and visual storytelling. I produce delightful, memorable video content with high impact and production value. Watch some of my films, and check out the automated render farm system I programmed that dramatically speeds render times for 3D animation.
With 3 years of sound design study in university, I'm adept at studio and field recording with many types of microphones and editing sound with digital audio workstations. I have professional experience mixing sound for film and podcasts, as well as operating audio systems for live events. I understand physical acoustic properties and how aural environments can be created through sound design.
I enjoy creatively balancing visual form with functional communication in design. I've created branding, promotional materials, book covers, signage, and more. My familiarity with print production and web development enables me to achieve accuracy in both printed and digital output. Both my dad and grandfather had long careers in the graphic design industry in Los Angeles and I'm continuing the artistic lineage here in Vancouver.
I love coding and have been developing websites since age 11. Front-end languages are native to me and I have an intuitive sense of how code and design converge. I develop for all kinds of platforms, from static sites to WordPress themes and beyond. My current interest is in using the Jekyll static site generator and GitLab to fully automate the pipeline of building, testing, and deploying changes. Lucaspetter.com was built entirely from scratch with these tools.
A personal interest in cyber security has led me to study a wide variety of subjects, such as cryptography, IT infrastructure, safe web browsing, and more. Surveillance systems are particularly intriguing to me, as are strategies for circumventing them. Recently, I developed a Chrome and Firefox browser extension, DicePhrase, for generating strong, memorable passphrases. I also occasionally contribute code to security-related projects on GitHub, such as HTTPS Everywhere.
Since 2015, I've been a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.