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 specialties encompass animation, video recording, editing, sound design, graphic design, web design, traditional hand-made art, as well as computer systems and information security technologies.

Specialties & interests

Filmmaking and animation expertise. Having independently created dozens of short films, and worked as a freelancer, I have broad skillset that includes video editing; live-action camera recording; time-lapse; 3D and 2D computer animation; stop-motion, hand-drawn, and paper cut-out traditional animation; and designing titles and credits. I even programmed my own automated render farm system to dramatically speed production time for 3D animation. Software used: Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash, Autodesk Maya, Final Cut Pro.

I'm a professional sound designer. With 3 years of sound design study in university, I'm adept at studio and field recording with many types of microphones, understanding physical acoustic properties, and editing with digital audio workstations and mixing consoles. I have professional experience designing sound for film and podcasts, as well as operating audio systems for live events. Software used: Adobe Audition, Avid Pro Tools, Apple GarageBand.

Graphic design runs in my family. 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've designed branding and promotional materials using my skills in illustration, photography, typography, copyediting, and visual communication to attract, inspire, and motivate viewers. Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape.

I've been designing websites since elementary school. Front-end code languages like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript are native to me and I'm very familiar with content management platforms like WordPress. My favourite system is developing with the Jekyll static site generator and creating responsive desktop and mobile layouts with the Bootstrap design framework; lucaspetter.com was built with these tools and large amounts of hand coding. I'm also experienced in search engine optimization, analytics, and site security. Software used: Apache, Nginx, WordPress, Jekyll, Google Analytics, Certbot, OpenSSL, Git, Atom.

I'm a computer security and online privacy enthusiast. A personal interest in cyber security has led me to study a wide variety of subjects, such as TLS/SSL, cryptography, IT infrastructure, firewalls, hardware authentication tokens, safe web browsing, encrypted messaging, and more. Surveillance systems are particularly fascinating, as are strategies for circumventing them. Recently, I developed a Google Chrome browser extension, DicePhrase, for generating strong, memorable passphrases. Also, check out other software I've made, as well as projects to which I contribute on GitHub. Software used: Tor, Tails, HTTPS Everywhere, OpenSSL, DNSCrypt, Certbot, GnuPG, Git.


I support freedom online

Electronic Frontier Foundation Member

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.

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