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Change in Direction - epic Creative Co-Op Moved to a New and Better Location

November 15, 2010 - Sometimes it takes "out of the box" thinking to come up with just the right solution.  Since the inception of the project, we had the Creative Co-Op building to the south of our studio. Since we have 3 acres to our south, and just a 1/2 acre to the north (ie. in front of our current building), it seemed to make the most sense to put it in the back.  For the past couple of weeks we have been battling with this choice.  What seemed to make so much sense…

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Buying and Transporting the Cargo Containers for the epic Creative Co-Op

November 2, 2011 - It is hard to believe that almost a month has passed since we did our last blog entry on the project.  Over the past few weeks we have made significant progress.  Earlier this year there was a glut of shipping containers and Hi-Cube Cargo Containers (Ocean Worthy Quality) were running about $1900 each for units that were just 5-6 years old.  A variety of market forces has turned the container business upside down, and for the past 3-4 months, the price of containers…

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Lonestar Cinema Ad - From Concept to Creation

October 19, 2010 - Lonestar Community College approached epic software to produce a creative and engaging commercial for their new campus opening in Conroe,TX. We eagerly accepted the challenge with a goal of not only giving them what they want but in true epic fashion going beyond their expectations. What's to follow is a step-by-step accounting of the production process into this commercial.  The original concept for the commercial involved filming a paper airplane as it travels through…

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Experimenting With Time-Lapse Panoramas

October 18, 2010 - If you've been following the blog over the past few months, you'll know that epic has been exploring the various potentials of panoramic photography. One recent test we did in the studio was to combine a time-lapse sequence and a full 360 pano of "The Cave". We've been experimenting with time-lapse sequences as well as video inside panoramas for a while, and I wanted to try to integrate the two. The below details the process of shooting and creating the effect,…

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epic Receives Final Permitting Approvals for the Creative Co-Op

October 8, 2010 - The Woodlands, Texas - this afternoon we got a call from the Permitting Department in Conroe, TX informing us that the Fire Marshall and County Engineer signed off on the building plans we submitted on September 6th. With the 4 permits in hand (Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in…

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Creating a Panoramic Photo - A Step-By-Step Guide

September 23, 2010 - Panoramic photography has been around for a long time, but at epic, we have taken it to a whole new level. Now, you can experience high resolution full screen panoramic images for a viewing experience that is the next best thing to being there. To make the environment even more interesting, we can add interactive elements such as web links, photos, video, 3D graphics, music and animations.  We call it Interactive Immersive Photography.  So how do we do this? It…

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Site Plans and Drawings - Wally Westbrook Designs Really Delivered The Goods

August 30, 2010 - Work on the Creative Co-op building continues at a brisk pace.  Last week we reached a significant milestone on the project - We completed the technical plans and drawings for the building and our project Engineer - Ron Saikowski - signed off on the drawings.  Wally Westbrook the President of Wally Westbrook Designs, was there for us every step of the way.  For those who have not gone through the process, I will share with you what we learned.  This phase of…

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If We Can’t Help You Grow Your Business - We Can Help You Grow Your Garden!

August 13, 2010 - Several years ago, marketing guru Seth Godin gave a presentation at the TED conference on the importance of standing out. We have all heard the term..."Best thing since sliced Bread", but did you know it took 15 years after the invention of sliced bread before it was widely accepted? Until Wonder Bread came along and SOLD the concept, no one wanted it. Your product or service must stand out for someone to first notice it, before you ever have a chance at selling it. The…

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