Its not often that a universe perfectly captures the fate of society, but that’s what Dominique Luchart has done with Newdawn. Get to know the world and its creator in our exclusive interview, where sci-fi is reality.
Dominique Luchart is a multi-faceted creative, a prolific writer, director and producer. She is an author, futurist, content creator, media platform architect, and public speaker. Dominique is a masterful innovator, changing the way people interact with content. Transmute the now and transcend tomorrow.
1 – Tell us about your background and Newdawn
Newdawn is a bridge between today and tomorrow. As a futurist and author, I look over the horizon to watch the shape of things to come, and this process is a fascinating thing for me. Through my advertising experience, production background and my JD degree, I got to exercise these various facets in the creative and writing process I love. The ties between our world today and what might be tomorrow is inspiring, since every day we shape our future.
Exploring the possibilities of that world, even if some are far fetched, in order to pave a better world for the next generation, is incredibly powerful. Science fiction and science facts help shape that future, because what we imagine are the seeds of our reality.
2 – What makes Newdawn special?
Newdawn sets the path for a different way of life. A life that is already here, with the advent of A.I., whether we see the transformation at this time or not. Artificial Intelligence is transforming the global landscape of what we know. It sets a different infrastructure for our world, creating a new methodology for everything it touches, and it does touch on everything. The ramifications are widespread. The influence, while currently invisible, exists today. We have yet to see its full impact.
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Newdawn brings some of these possibilities into focus. It addresses some of the issues we will face and brings our humanity into question. It establishes a landscape for choices. Nothing is worse than to wake up one day in a world no longer of our own making. We must remain the leaders of our destiny as human beings. That is what’s at the core of Newdawn.
3 – How did you first get into science fiction?
I grew up reading science fiction and it shaped the way I look at the world. The ability to live within a sphere where there are no limits to where we can go and what we can do as people, because of our imagination, is an incredible capability of the human brain. Observing where the new frontiers of science and technology are taking us is part of the inspiration for Newdawn. Sci-fi meets reality, but of course there is a grain of fantasy in the story as well.
This is where my own heart goes, triggered by some of the values I hold dear. In that environment, the constraints imposed by rules made by others no longer exist. In fact, these rules, unlike what we know in real life, no longer matter for they can easily be changed, shaped, controlled or simply discarded. They can evolve with each page of the novel, so long as the right set up exists. As human beings, we are not just one thing. We indeed have many facets and our world is filled with nuances we can and should explore. This is what I believe to be the most fascinating part of my work.
4 – What other project are you most proud of?
Life is my most serious project, growing as an individual and learning every day, adapting, dreaming and caring for the people I love. This is probably not the answer you were looking for, but as we grow, we learn. There are a lot of projects I have enjoyed over the course of my career, but living in the right way is possibly the most rewarding of them all.
5 – Do you have a sci-fi mentor?
There are many great people who I learn from every day, in business and my personal life. Mentors are part of our life journey, and they just so happen to be there when we need them most. There are no coincidences. They come into our lives based on the different phases we go through as we grow.
I have enjoyed the privilege of being inspired by great minds and those I have not met, I get to know through their books. Elon Musk is high on my list in terms of his work, philosophy and the way he approaches life. So is Sir Richard Bronson. But the work of Reed Hasting is perhaps my favorite, for the transformation he impacted with digital streaming. All are great leaders with their own style and approach.
6 – What’s it like working internationally?
I love working in Europe. There is a different sensibility in the way people get involved in a project, and usually it is based on relationships and a longer term approach. This often proves to be a good thing. On the other hand, projects do not necessarily move as fast as in the US. Since I love it here in Los Angeles, it’s great to be able to do both.
7 – Briefly describe the evolution of Newdawn. Where’s it going?
Newdawn is about building a community, the tribe of tomorrow for tomorrow. It is about creating the lifestyles of the future and building awareness about what is coming. The global digital landscape is transforming the way we work and interact with each other, so we must learn to adapt.
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The potential to shape a better world exists in ourselves, and we can harness our individual powers to safeguard our environment and the values we hold dear for the betterment of humankind. Science and technology open the way to great things, but there is danger in how we progress in our choices. The solutions we devise must be carefully crafted. This is what Newdawn is all about. This takes many shapes, from being caretakers of our planet by producing products that are eco friendly and natural, to creating compelling content that builds awareness, hope, and entertains.
8 – What’s your favorite hobby?
I have many hobbies because I like to do many things. I would get bored easily if I were to do the same thing over and over again. Reading is my constant, but I also enjoy hiking. Anything that gets me outdoors and moving about is always a good thing.
9 – What are you most passionate about?
Besides the world of Newdawn, its my love for animals and my wish to protect them. It is our responsibility to do so, since we are at the top of the food chain. In that respect, our wildlife is at risk and so are our oceans, one of our most important assets. We are irreversibly damaging them and not enough is done to reverse this trend. This is one of the reasons we plan on incorporating some of the conservation programs as we grow, and give back in different ways. This is in fact one of the differentiating factors we wish to make clear as part of Newdawn’s goals for the future.
10 – Who is your favorite Newdawn character?
Tesh is my favorite. She is a dreamer who is strong, powerful, fearless, adventurous and yet vulnerable. Her heart makes her conflicted in many ways. Like all of us, she gets used to certain things and finds it hard to break the mold.
There are so many other great characters as well. I love all of them because they bring growth and depth to the world of Newdawn and for that, I am grateful to them. They make the Newdawn journey worthwhile, surprising and never boring. They are how sci-fi meets reality.
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