Meet Dustin Lau!
COW Leaders : Dustin LauCreative COW Magazine Writer, Web Writer, Contributing Editor
Dustin graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore with a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video.
He went on to edit documentaries and long-form programmes broadcast on Discovery Channel Asia, Mediacorp and Mediaworks during his tenure at The Moving Visuals Company.
Following that, he spent 2 years as lead editor, then director/producer at Freeflow Productions, specializing in TV commercials and corporate videos.
He now works at ESPN/Star Sports Asia editing a video game review show ("Game") for the Asia Pacific market.
First and foremost, I'm a solutions guy. I don't see formal roles or designations as the rule. If I need to crawl behind a table or behind a rack to fix it now, I'm there. Need to shoot and don't have a cameraman? I'll do it. Computer failed to boot up? Crack open the case and I'm elbows deep into it.
What that means is that I've gained experience and knowledge in very disparate fields, particularly in computers and networking. After all, I've been building my own computers since I was 16 to play Doom and Quake, and constructing home servers for myself since I could afford them.
More than a decade on, this has served me well, especially now that computers and the internet have rapidly come to define how we do our business. I don't really need that as an impetus though, I still consider a weekend setting up my home media server a weekend well spent.
I used to frequent the Avid forums a lot more when I was on Avid, mostly to find solutions :) My first job was at a place that ran Meredien based Avids but used Medea SCSI Drives configured badly, rarely maintained and always full.
Hence, I came to know the DRAGON UNDERRUN OVERRUN codes very well through the forum.
I'm trying to find the time to get into Color and other finishing tools. The problem of working in Singapore is that the main priority for a lot of places here is speed and throughput. Hence, I rarely have more than 1 day to do any finessing of a project. Part of the reason I'm such a workflow Nazi is to try to squeeze more time for finishing!
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