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 dozens of short films and TV commercials to my name, as well as 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, photography, and web development, as well as handmade fine art.
Having independently created dozens of short films and advertisements from concept to completion, including a Super Bowl commercial, I have a wide skill set in animation, live-action video, 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 and professional experience creating sound for TV and web, I've made plenty of waves. I've mixed sound for commercials, films, and podcasts; recorded with many types of studio and field microphones; as well as operated 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 knowledge of print production and web development enables me to achieve accuracy in both printed and digital output. My dad and grandfather had long careers in the graphic design industry in Los Angeles, while my mom was a book designer in the publishing field there, and now 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.
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.