Creative Director/Visual Effects Supervisor
Brent YoungBrent Young is the President and Creative Director for Super 78, a new media design and production studio in Los Angeles that develops and produces award-winning, original, and branded entertainment experiences for the most admired theme parks, attractions and museums around the world including Movie Park Germany, Universal Studios Singapore, Busch Gardens, and the Happy Valley Theme Park in Shanghai.
Currently, Young is in post-production on New Yorks new flying theater attraction Rise NY and production on an unannounced flying attraction featuring sites in and around the Pacific.
Young served as the creative director for 2015 Thea recipient- The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, the new immersive, interactive 3D character experience that opened in June 2015 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. Through the use of Geppetto, (2015 Thea recipient) Super 78’s proprietary live animation system, guests help choose the direction of the adventure and have live, one-on-one conversations with Patrick. With its branching storytelling, multiple screens and numerous 4D theater effects, SpongeBob SubPants is a one-of-a-kind, category-redefining experience.
Young was also the creative director for The Forbidden Caves, which opened in late Spring 2015 at Belgium’s Bobbejaanland theme park. This action-packed Immersion Tunnel attraction, a media-based experience that wraps a 3D stereoscopic projected display 180˚ around the ride vehicle, follows the success of Movie Park Germany’s The Lost Temple, the first Immersion Tunnel attraction Young developed (in conjunction with Riva Digital). Super 78 created the original story for The Forbidden Caves and also provided art direction for “Adventure Valley,” the park’s new themed area that is anchored by The Forbidden Caves.
In 2013, Young was the creative director for Spongebob Squarepants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue, an exhilarating 7-minute adventure featuring the characters from the globally adored animated children’s franchise. The 4D attraction, which earned Super 78 a Visual Effects Society award nomination, is currently playing in select family destinations all over the world.
Another VES Award nominee was Flight of the Dragon, written and directed by Young in 2011. This large format “flying theater” film takes guests on an astonishing aerial tour of China’s most famous and beautiful landmarks. That same year, Young deployed state-of-the-art technology to tell the 9th century tale of the Maritime Silk Route from Southeast Asia to the Middle East as part of Typhoon 360º. Featuring a huge 360-degree multimedia theatre, this attraction is the centerpiece for the Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
In 2010, Young wrote and directed Flying Over America, the flying theater attraction for Windows of the World theme park in Shenzhen, China. Guests follow legendary Chinese aviators Feng Ru and Tan Gen on a breathtaking aerial tour of the United States.
Young’s work at Universal Studios Singapore is also notable. As show director, he designed and produced Donkey Live!, a one-of-a-kind, interactive live show, where guests sing along and even talk with Donkey in an intimate theatre setting. Young served as show director for Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, the first attraction in the world based on the DreamWorks Animation film franchise and a fun-filled family experience bursting at the seams with show effects, visual effects, smell effects, water features, air cannons, smoke, fire, bubbles and general mayhem.
Young also served as media director for Shamu Believe, and visual effects supervisor for Busch Gardens’ 4D dark ride attraction, Curse of DarKastle.