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August 23, 2013 – Group photography can be one of the simplest types of photography to shoot, but creating a great group shot can be quite challenging. Photos of groups get taken every second across the world, by amateurs and professionals alike; it’s a very popular type of photography. People love to be in group photos, and they love to see the results afterwards and share them with their friends and family However, the photographer’s job isn’t as easy as you would think with groups. There are many things to take into account when photographing groups of people; things that could be the difference between the shoot being a success, or the group itself wanting out of the shot.
Our assignment today was to take a group picture at AVPG (Audio Visual Professional Group, Inc. )
for use on their web site and in their promotional materails. Scott Ellison of Inquiry Films
was the photographer for the shoot, and I served as his assistant. AVGP sells and rents concert quality audio and lighting, video displays large and small, entertainment staging, outdoor roof systems and custom displays. We visited their place a week prior to the shoot to scout out the location. Their group consists of about 20 employees, and Scott chose their warehouse for the shoot. Scott opted for White Lightings Strobes (600WS and 1200WS) for the fill and main lights, and a couple of small strobes for the backlights. We spent several hours setting up the shot, and I want to share with you some things to consider on your next group shoot.
Posted by Kyle Ray on August 23, 2013
August 19, 2013 – When animating 3D models, some actions that are needed for animated characters to do can be difficult to create certain actions. When we want to give a character a more natural feel or lifelike characteristics we use real people to act out movements that records it into 3D, this technique is known as Motion Capture.
Posted by Ashley Arrizola on August 20, 2013
The Woodlands, TX - July 08, 2013 - Last month the epic software group celebrated its 23rd year in business. When I launched the company back in 1990, just about any application our clients wanted required us to design and code it from scratch - typically in C or Visual Basic. Developing software can be time consuming, expensive, and if the project gets completed, the code must be updated and maintained.
Over the years the epic software group has evolved from a hardcore software company to one focused on 3D animation, multimedia development, video, and commercial industrial photography. So on any given day I will get a call from an entrepreneur or company with the need for an app they want us to build. When I talk with the caller, the first question I ask them is..."Have you looked to see if someone has already developed software for this purpose?" Silence usually follows.
Posted by on July 09, 2013
March 28, 2013 - There is a boom going on in an area of the oil patch known as the Eagle Ford Shale - comprised of 20 counties just south of San Antonio, Texas. We have seen a substantial increase in work at epic because of this boom, and earlier this week I had a chance to go and see it firsthand. I was sent on assignment to photograph a mobile water testing lab on a working drill site about 30 miles east of Cotulla, Texas.
While you might think that is the middle of nowhere, you couldn't tell by the truck traffic and hustle and bustle of what was surely a sleepy South Texas town just a couple of years ago. In 2012 the Eagle Ford Shale supported over 116,000 jobs and a $61 billion impact on the Texas economy. At this time 5,400 Eagle Ford wells have been permitted and that number is expected to grow to over 24,000 by 2022 as estimated by the Texas Railroad Commission.
Posted by on March 28, 2013
February 27, 2013 - Once a quarter the wonderful people at The Aveda Institute bring over their graduating cosmetology students to the epic studio to participate in a fashion photography shoot. These students show up with a model and a storyboard concept. They work with a photographer whose job it is to bring their ideas to life in still images. Usually epic handles the photography for these shoot in house, but this time we received a little help from the outside.
Our first guest photographer was Maurico Ramirez. Mauricio is a photographer specializing in corporate, advertising, and editorial portraiture. For more than 20 years he has worked for the most important business magazines, for many multinational companies, and for several public relations and advertising agencies. He has also been part of the MTV Networks staff for over 4 years.
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December 04, 2012 - Last weekend the epic Creative Co-Op hosted a holiday kickoff party for the Piney Woods branch of the US Green Building Council where they announced details of their new ISBU project which will be built just down the road from our building. Their project will be built from 2 cargo containers, and will serve as a demonstration home. The design calls for it to be totally off-the-grid and it will also do double duty as the office of the Piney Woods USGBC Branch.
The building will be open to the public, and built to LEED-H Platinum level certification. It will also be used as a green reference library and will springboard the start of the Montgomery County Green Resource Center. Sergio Grado is spearheading the project and is working with our County Commissioner who has allowed the use of the land to construct the project. Sergio told me...
Posted by on December 05, 2012
November 10, 2012 - This evening Silver Rock Productions hosted an event at the epic Creative Co-Op featuring a reading by Louis Gossett Jr. from the book 12 Years a Slave. A small, select group of film industry folks and friends attended. Local media also took notice and on hand were representatives from Fox News, Voice of America, Chronicle, Pubic Radio (KUHF), HCN papers (The Woodlands Villager/Conroe Courier), Culture Map and others.
Frank Eakin, President of Eakin Films and Publishing and Producer of The Bracelet of Bordeaux gave us the backstory of how this 1850's autobiography was re-discovered by Dr. Sue Eakin as a child in the 1920's. Dr. Eakin, who is also Frank's mom, became a prominent author-historian, and civil rights leader and Hall of Fame journalist in Louisiana. She completed the first authenticated version of the story in 1968; following a successful 40-year publishing run. Dr. Eakin released a final updated version in 2007 before her death at age 90. Her edition of Twelve Years has been recognized as one of the most important and complete authenticated accounts of American slavery in existence.
Twelve Years a Slave is the story of a black man named Solomon Northup kidnapped into slavery in New York and rescued 12 years later in the 1850’s in central Louisiana. The book is also being turned into a feature film by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, of Los Angeles. It will be released in late 2013
Posted by on November 11, 2012
September 1, 2012 - The epic Creative Co-Op was designed to bring creative companies together in a park-like setting just outside The Woodlands. Our goal is to offer a one-stop shop for companies that need the services that our Co-Op tenants provide. This is a unique, fun enviornment where professionals can immerse themselves in a hi-technology space to network and learn from each other.
It is for this reason we are looking to lease only to other creatives, so if you are an Artist, Animator, Designer, Photographer, Videographer, Writer, Web Developer, or Programmer and need a really special to work - give us a call. We have three furnished offices for lease centered around a large conference room, kitchenette, outdoor deck, free parking and you control the thermostat. All the offices are pre-wired for hi-speed (fiber optic) internet, have ceiling fans and are available for immediate occupancy.
Posted by on August 30, 2012
August 13, 2012 – I discovered the epic software group towards the end of my senior year of high school while browsing online publications, and was very curious about such a unique, local company. After peeking around their website and viewing examples of the variety of work they do, I decided to apply for an internship as a writer.
I was welcomed with open arms and immediately given tasks that would test my eye for detail. I worked on the epic website, the company blog, assisted in developing press releases, and did research and edited content created for epic clients.
Posted by on August 21, 2012
July 9, 2012 - Shadowplay Productions shot several scenes for "Helen Alone" a new feature length film written and directed by Danish-born Henrik Bech Poulsen. "Helen Alone" is coming-of-age story about a sheltered and naïve teenager who, abandoned by family and friends, struggles to grow up amid an odd cast of characters through a series of misadventures in the course of one day. Actors Alexis Raich, Daniel Baldwin, DC Douglass, and Priscilla Barnes flew in from Los Angeles to star in the film. You can learn more about the cast and crew on their Facebook page.
"We were excited that Molly Vernon, the Production Manager for Shadowplay Productions chose our back lot for the filming of the late night outdoor scenes. Shadowplay had used our indoor studio several months ago, and thought the woods on the back part of our property would be perfect for what the director had in mind" said Vic Cherubini, President of the epic software group.
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