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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.
Posted by on July 09, 2012
June 14, 2012 - On the evening of June 13, close to 40 professional Videographers came together at the epic Creative Co-Op to learn the secrets of professional video editors. Robert Harrington and Chris Shepherd of Bella Vista Productions demonstrated their production pipeline for wedding videos. This is the same process used by the pros in Hollywood for cutting a feature film, and the techniques they shared apply equally as well for editing any large production.
The talk began with some basic housekeeping tips - keep your work area clean, focus on one project at a time, avoid distractions (phone, social media, email, etc.). While it sounds basic, these small things can have a major impact on the amount of work you get done in a day. Next, they talked about their methodology for file transfer and backup. This information was just a warm up to the real meat of the presentation - their editing process.
Posted by on June 15, 2012
November 11, 2011 – I started out my internship here at epic like I figured most people would at any other internship, cautious with nothing really to work on or do. Within the first day of my internship that changed. Unlike some interns who go and make copies or get lunch for everyone in the office for the entirety of their internship, I actually worked on meaningful tasks which helped me progress in both work know-how and familiarity with the field I want to pursue later in my life.I loved the work environment at epic, easygoing at times but hard working and focused more often then not.
Posted by Marta Rippetoe on November 11, 2011
September 20, 2011 - What does it take to start and keep a small business going? This is just one of the many questions that Stephen J. Blakesley host of the internet radio show Entrepreneures-R-Us asked Vic Cherubini, President of the epic software group on this weeks show. If you have not yet tuned in, Entrepreneurs R Us is a gathering place for anyone who wishes to succeed in a business start-up. Blakesley, a Serial Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker has interviewed a number of successful entrepreneurs and provides the listener with ideas they can put to immediate use.
Click here to listen to the interview with Vic Cherubini. You can read a transcript of the show below.
Blakesley: "Good Afternoon Vic and welcome to Entrepreneurs R Us. Glad you can join us today."
Cherubini: "Thanks Stephen - I am happy to be with and appreciate the opportunity to be on your show."
Blakesley: "Tell us about your background before launching the Epic Software Group."
Cherubini: "I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and attended The State University of New York at Geneseo where I got a degree in Photography. I worked as a professional photographer and taught Photography at Illinois Central College in Peoria Illinois in the mid-70's; I got interested in Industrial sales, and spent 15 years selling for Johnson & Johnson, Nitto Denko, and Shaw Industries. In 1987,I completed an MBA at The University of Houston, and launched the epic software group in 1990's; We are in our 21st year in business and operate epic from a state of the art production studio in The Woodlands, Texas."
Blakesley: "What does Epic Software actually do? "
Posted by Vic on September 22, 2011
May 5, 2011 – While approaching graduation for the Digital Communication Program at Houston Community College, I was required to obtain an internship in the field of multimedia. Epic software group was my top choice for a multimedia internship. My research of epic's company profile, combined with references from several top multimedia designers made it the ideal place for an internship. After hearing about the stories and uninspiring experiences from fellow students about their internships I was a little skeptical .
After applying for several internships that met the curriculum criteria, I eventually applied for an internship at epic. I soon received a call from the company’s president Mr. Vic Cherubini to schedule an interview. During the interview Vic gave me an overview of epic's internship program, and together we came up with my “acid test”. An “acid test” is an assignment to test specific skills in an are of study that both the student and epic are interested in. Vic and I agreed on a time limit for the test (I did mine over a weekend). The test helps epic determine an intern's skill sets and if he or she is able to get a project done in the agreed to amount of time.
After discussing both the overview and the objective of my “acid test”, I worked on a Flash based presentation that consisted of a “frame-by-frame” animation. It required me to demonstrate my object oriented programming (OOP) skills. The application also had to demonstrate a professional level of design. I completed the entire process in the time we agreed on, and was offered a formal internship at epic. Immediately, after my acceptance and the first given assignment I knew this wasn’t an ordinary internship.
Posted by Curtis on May 04, 2011
After months of watching government spending that is out of control, followed by dropping off our 2009 taxes at the post office yesterday, I was in the mood to express my frustration with the way our federal government is being run. And it looks like I had lots of company. At the Tea Party Rally at Sam Houston Racetrack, thousands of people came out to show their support for the cause.
Specifically the core values of the Tea Party Patriots include: Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Upholding the Constitution. The folks at the rally were wonderful, and the speakers did a great job of expressing the dissatisfaction felt by many in the crowd with our national politicians and the policies they've introduced. We have a 12 trillion dollar deficit, spending that is out of control, and the economy is in a mess.
Posted by Vic Cherubini on April 16, 2010
February 2, 2010 – Anyone who has spent any time at epic can tell you we take internships seriously. We have worked with student interns from the inception of the company. At times we have had as many as eight interns doing everything from programming to 2D and 3D animation, and video production. I expect a lot from an intern, and most rise to the occasion and deliver. I first learned about the internet from an intern (he was using an early version at A&M University), and interns usually introduce me to cool things well before they become mainstream.
Sometimes when an internship is over, I wonder if the experience was a positive one, and if the student got anything out of it (besides course credit). So when an intern from the past sends me a note to let me know how they are doing, it really makes my day. Recently I got one such note from Lucas Wagner, who did his internship at epic in 1993! Luc was hardly a model intern. He had been transplanted from Ohio to Houston and uprooting a high school student can be tough on them (and all those around them).
Posted by Vic Cherubini on February 03, 2010
December 08, 2009 – For most of us, the economy has been a real challenge over the past year, but for recently minted college grads, it has been particularly hard to transition from school to the world of full time work. I know this because it hits close to home. Our daughter Ali, graduated Louisiana State University (LSU) in August, and is one of those folks trying to kick start her career land her first meaningful job. She came home for Thanksgiving and we worked on her resume and cover letter and talked about moving from Baton Rouge to a city like Dallas where the job prospects would be better for someone with a BS in Psychology.
I wanted to give her the best advice I could. I found no shortage of online resources including articles, podcasts, videos and other reference items offering tips and techniques for the job seeker. But I wanted to give her more than that – I wanted to help her realize her passion, figure out a strategy, and come up with a game plan to make it happen. That is something you can’t find on any web site I’ve ever been to. While it is natural for a parent to want to provide “all the answers”, the journey she is about to embark upon is personal, and everyone is different. What I was hoping to do was to provide her with some tools she could use to draw a road map that is uniquely her own.
Posted by Vic Cherubini on December 08, 2009
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