Creative Cow forum host: Lucas Young
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Lucas Young is an eclectic mixture of creative ideas that span everything from video production and animation tools, to sound design and editing, to 3D modeling and design. And that's just what he does when he's not busy creating websites for some of the biggest companies in New Zealand where he makes his home. His toolkit spans workhorses like After Effects and Maya, Premiere, Photoshop and SoundForge and World Construction Set. He's also adding Commotion4 to his list and Acid Pro and FruityLoops give him the music tools he needs to create the kinds of sounds he needs.
At 31, Lucus says he's always been driven by curiosity and a drive to learn everything he could. So it came as no surprise when he told us that: "I studied Astrophysics at Massey and Auckland Universities in New Zealand when I left High School. I loved it but while there I realised my primary interest was in film and television. So, in 1995 I transferred to South Seas Film and Television School (www.southseas.co.nz) and qualified as a director/editor. I worked at Television New Zealand for a year until I realised that with a PC of my own I could move into freelance digital video production. Trying to optimise a DX4-100MHz for video production taught me a lot about PCs, and I started a company -- along with Daniel Crothers (a qualified printer and graphic designer) -- called Digital Motion. We grew sick of big city life and returned to the rural town where I grew up (Hawera: population 13,000) and thanks to the location-insensitivity of the Internet were able to move into computer training. We taught a number of classes in Windows and the use of the Internet. We were contracted to work in IT for a local dairy firm and now focus on web design as a primary source of income."
Lucas is a founding partner and director of Digitalus Ltd and Talus Films Ltd., which creates web development projects as well as video productions. The company has created sites like fencepost.com (one of New Zealand's largest websites) and supports local television shows like Right Click. About the company, Lucas says: "We work on short films in our spare time, and are involved in boosting the film industry here in New Zealand. Currently the South Island is the place to be ('Lord Of The Rings' is being shot there) but we're pushing Taranaki as another filmmaker's paradise. Digitalus Ltd is also made up of Peter Keller (financial manager) and Daniel Crothers (graphic designer). I'm the technical side of the team, and the writer/director. We also employ a programmer (Rhys Jones) for our web work."
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