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At epic software we specialize in 3D animation for a variety of applications. And the good news is you don't need a Hollywood budget to get some really cool animations for your next corporate multimedia video, educational/training application, or web presentation.  Let our staff create an immersive experience designed to help you sell your products and services. Imagine just how compelling a fully animated version of your product in any kind of virtual environment you desire could be. Our staff of award winning 3D artists and animators can tell your story in a variety of styles - everything from "cartoony" to 3D graphics so photo realistic you might have a hard time believing they are just a collection of pixels.

Have a complex product?  Bring it on!  With 3D technology we can help your customers understand what makes your product special and showcase its specific features and benefits. Cross sections, fly arounds, fly throughs, application simulations, and just a few of the many tools we have available all designed to give you the hi-tech edge you need to make a sale or demonstrate why your product is better. We use a number of different 3D tools - from LightWave 3D and 3D Max to Google's Sketchup, and we will do your project in-house. Check out some of the samples below and I think you will agree - when it comes to 3D at affordable prices - epic is the place to go.  





The Funeral

The Funeral
Several years ago MTV had a Sunday night show called Cartoon Sushi, that allowed 2D animators from around the world to enter samples of their work for possible use on TV (Beavis and Butthead came as a result of their appearance on the show). Since there were very few 3D entries, we thought we would give it a try by creating a cartoon reenactment of an old joke. David Bamberg was our star voice talent, and music was custom written by Wildcatter Productions and Sound Design of Houston, Texas. The day we finished production on the animation was the same day MTV pulled the plug on the show! For the sake of posterity, we include it in this section of our web site in case some big TV producer is out late one night surfing the web and discovers it (yea right!)


S&N Pump

S&N Pump
Ever try to get video footage of a control room on an offshore platform during an emergency situation? Due to liability issues, It is just about impossible to get the kind of footage you need for an effective interactive training piece. That is why S&N Pump, a leader in the offshore industry specializing in the supply and repair of submersible pumps and motors turned to epic to create a simulation they could use to demonstrate one of their premier products. Imagine how effective a 3D Animation like this could be for your next product demo or training seminar.


Hydril

Hydril
Hydril is a leader in the design and manufacture of blowout preventers. A blowout preventer (BOP) is a large valve that can seal off at the surface wellhead. During drilling or well interventions, the valve may be closed if overpressure from an underground zone causes formation fluids such as oil or natural gas to enter the wellbore and threaten the rig. By closing this valve (usually operated remotely via hydraulic actuators), the drilling crew can prevent explosive pressure release, thus regaining control of the downhole pressure. In this 3D animation, we modeled a Hydril BOP, then rotated it to reveal the inner workings of the valve. This particular animation was used on sales CD's at trade shows, and on the company web site.


Hughes Christensen Max Intro

Hughes Christensen Max Intro
In 1909 the Hughes Tool Company introduced the two-cone drill bit and never looked back. Over the past 100 years, the company has invested in more R&D, received more patents, and has more drill bit firsts than any other manufacturer. Recently, they would bring to market Max Life, a drill bit technology designed to drill faster, stays in longer, and lower the cost-per-foot drilled. To demonstrate to drillers just how revolutionary this technology was, we came up with the concept of creating a rough neck character (Max) to show how it works. This is a one minute intro for the multimedia presentation (which featured case studies along with actual lab and field test results).


Hughes Christensen CD ROM Intro

Hughes Christensen CD ROM Intro

A CD-ROM catalog does not just have to be a collection of boring PDF files. To welcome users to the Hughes Christensen interactive catalog, we created an dramatic opening animation that included an explosive introduction to the company's new logo, a cosmic zoom, and a green screen video starting Don Anderson. We then fly you through their building and take you to "The Vault" where you will gain access to all the sales and technical information, see animated drill bits, and test your skills with an interactive game.



GLITCH

GLITCH
The year is 2052. The world political infrastructure has collapsed. Governments have been replaced by huge media networks. The networks dominate all aspects of life. Commerce, learning, teaching, entertainment... everything is regulated and distributed by omnipresent networks. The internet has taken over the world." Unfortunately, one really bad character has taken over the internet. He (and he alone) will determine what information is dispersed and to whom. But a band of freedom fighters known as "Glitches" vow to disrupt the network and bring freedom back. This is the premise for GLITCH, and in this trailer you can see some of our key characters. Alex - hotter than a pistol with a temper to match. Tilt - an overgrown giant of a man with a soft spot in his heart. And Krog, the leader of the V-droids, an army of bots programmed to eradicate any GLITCH on site.


CB&I Offload

CB&I Offload
CB&I is a pioneer in the use of modular building technologies. Building a refinery component in a manufacturing plant is safer way to work, and guarantees a level of quality control that is difficult to match in field construction (especially when you may be hundreds of feet off the ground). This animation scene demonstrates the offloading of a modular component to a jobsite. It was created to be used in a direct mail piece as a lenticular presentations (the kind where the objects on the printed piece appear to move as you rotate the card).


CB&I Catalytic Reformer 360 Rotation

CB&I Catalytic Reformer 360 Rotation
CB&I came to epic with a "Big Idea" to create an online virtual refinery using actual 3D models from units they built over the years. Converting actual CAD files into files that could be used for 360 degree rotations and viewed online proved to be a herculean task. Their virtual refinery consisted of 10 units, and we needed to tell the story of each unit in photos, illustrations, 3D animations, and video. This is just one unit from the project. To see the actual project click here: http://cbi.com/virtualrefinery/


Baker Hughes Drilling Downhole

Baker Hughes Drilling Downhole
While a photo of a drill bit in a brochure or online can help an engineer understand how it will work in an underground formation, nothing beats a 3D animation of that bit in action. When the bit is put in motion, the engineer can better understand just how the geometry of its design cuts through even the hardest rock formations. Watch as this bit bores its way through several layers of these deepwater formations.


Baker Hughes Backface Weld

Baker Hughes Backface Weld
Ask any 3D animator about some of the more difficult effects to pull off in a 3D simulation and "particle effects" will quickly appear near the top of the list. To illustrate what makes a Baker Hughes different from the competition, we needed to show how an additional layer of metal is added to the backface of the bit to give it more resistance to the rigors of drilling through solid rock. Watch as we rotate this bit and add a pass of molten metal the steel surface on the underside.


Aluma Systems

Aluma Systems
Aluma Systems provides industrial scaffolding for work access on major building projects around the world. Their office in the Houston area wanted to break into the offshore scaffolding business, and had epic create a visualization of their scaffold system on an offshore structure. Via helicopter, we fly you out to the offshore platform, and as the helicopter lands, reveal the company's service offerings along with their new logo.
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