Meet Russell Lasson, CreativeCOW.net Leader
Creative COW Forum Host
Provo, Utah USA
started video production in high school. Several of his teachers became
tired of reading written reports and thought it would be a funny
experiment to give the students the option to make a short film on a
subject instead of writing a paper. The option to get out of writing a
report was more than Russell could resist. This started a series of
silly short films created with a Hi-8 video camera, two consumer VHS
recorders, a cheap title generator, an audio mixer, one audio cassette
player and two CD players. Russell learned patience while trying to
edit fourth generation VHS tapes with an accuracy of one to two seconds
when making an edit.
high school and a two-year mission for his church, he purchased a poor
man's laptop (G3 iMac DV Special Edition)--figuring that video people
use Macs--and started his way through film school at Brigham Young
University. Russell's professional career started with positions on
several independent features. His positions included very exotic titles
such as production assistant, key production assistant, boom operator
and location sound mixer.
2002, Russell married his sweetheart and moved to Southern California
to follow his wife's career. She worked in the high-rise buildings and
he worked across the street in the Apple store at South Coast Plaza
Mall selling computers and teaching Final Cut Pro classes. Life
couldn't get much better.
a year in Southern California, Russell returned to Utah, finished his
BA, and started working with Kaleidoscope Pictures as their Lead Editor
and Post Production Supervisor. During his four years in that position,
Russell has helped Kaleidoscope edit and finish over 80 high-end
international training films for FranklinCovey, four documentaries, one
feature film, and a variety of other projects. In that time,
Kaleidoscope Pictures has received over 25 Telly awards for different
2005, Russell purchased color correction software called FinalTouch,
which improved Kaleidoscope Picture's ability to deliver high end
finished products. In November of 2006, FinalTouch was purchased by
Apple. This started Russell's quest to learn the fate of the software.
The quest brought him to Creative Cow Forums. Between that encounter
with the Cow and Aharon Rabinowitz's awesome After Effects Podcasts, he
was hooked and has been posting ever since. (In April of 2007, Apple
packaged FinalTouch with Final Cut Studio 2 as Color.)
his time as a Final Cut Pro editor, he's had many late nights with all
sorts of problems. By sharing the solutions he has found to those
problems, he feels like it's his way of giving back to the community
from which he has learned so much. Be warned though, he has a very dry
sense of humor which sometimes shows through in his posts. For example,
if he says, "Sure, you could use control+option+1+P to do that, but one
out of every six times you push those keys, it vaporizes an ant colony
in Africa. When the ants go marching to get their revenge, don't say I
didn't warn you," he's probably joking.
is also an amateur photographer and musician. While he has high hopes
of continuing to develop those talents, most of his spare time is spent
on home improvement projects, many of which get started only to get put
on hold to start another "more important" home improvement project. His
hopes are to finish these projects so he can live at home instead of
having to work there too.
says: "I just want to thank everyone who participates to make the Cow
possible. It's such a great resource and community that takes a lot of
time and effort from so many different people. Thanks and keep up the
You can find Russell Lasson hosting in Creative COW's Apple Final Cut Pro, RED Camera, Apple - Windows on Mac, and Stereoscopic 3D Forums.
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