Lucas

About me

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 abilities encompass graphics, sound design, web design, traditional hand-made art, as well as computer systems and information security technologies.

Interests & specialties

Graphic design

The graphic arts are in my blood; both my dad and grandfather had long careers in the industry in Los Angeles and I'm continuing the artistic lineage here in Vancouver. I do professional design for branding and promotional materials using my skills in illustration, photography, typography, copyediting, and visual communication to attract, inspire, and motivate viewers. I use tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Inkscape, as well as traditional art media. I'm experienced with creating logos, style guides, posters, brochures, book covers, buttons, fine art prints, and similar materials.

Web design

I've been building websites since elementary school, so I'm highly fluent in front-end code languages like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I enjoy using the Jekyll static site generator and creating responsive desktop and mobile layouts with the Bootstrap design framework. All of lucaspetter.com was built from scratch using Jekyll, Bootstrap, and hand coding — no premade templates here! I'm very familiar with search engine optimization, analytics, managing WordPress sites, TLS/SSL encryption, and site security.

Animation & filmmaking

I'm a professional filmmaker with experience in nearly all types of animation, including stop-motion, paper cut-outs, hand-drawn, Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk Maya 3D. I've made dozens of short films and programmed my own render farm system to speed production time for 3D animation. I'm also experienced in live-action camera recording, video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, studio and field sound recording, sound design in Adobe Audition or Avid Pro Tools, and designing titles and credits. I like comedy in storytelling.

Online privacy & information security

I'm interested in how surveillance systems work and how to circumvent them using private communications, anonymity, and compartmentation. I'm also very knowledgeable about a variety of security tools and practices, such as encrypted messaging, Tor, safe web browsing, and preventing malware. Check out some of the software I've made, as well as other projects I contribute to on GitHub.


I support freedom online

Electronic Frontier Foundation Member

I'm 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.

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