Principal and Creative Director, Super 78

Brent Young is the principal and Creative Director for Super 78, a new media production studio in Los Angeles that develops and produces award-winning, branded entertainment and educational 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.

Most recently, Young was the creative director for The Lost Temple, the newest marquee attraction at Movie Park Germany, in Bottrop-Kirchhellen. Opening Summer 2014, this media-based experience wraps a 3D stereoscopic projected display 180˚ around the ride vehicle to fully immerse guests into a thrilling, action-packed adventure featuring hordes of living dinosaurs.

As part of The Lost Temple's development, Young also led the creation of Mushroom™, Super 78's proprietary virtual reality software for the Oculus Rift. The ultimate pre-visualization tool, Mushroom puts the viewer into a fully developed virtual 3D space and allows him or her to walk through it and experience every aspect of it in realtime, with complete freedom to look and move in every direction.

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 new Maritime Xperential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.

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. Currently, Young is developing another flying theater attraction for one of the top tourism destinations in the world, and a Spongebob Squarepants interactive experience.

A member of the Visual Effects Society, Producers Guild of America, and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), when Brent is not running his production company, playing in his band, or speaking on an industry panel, his focus is on developing feature films, vanguard theme park attractions, and co-hosting his podcast - www.theseasonpasspodcast.com

Speaker years: 
2014