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A Change In Direction - Using Cargo Containers for the New Building

August 28, 2009 - Try as we could, we just couldn't get excited about the design of the new building. It was clear we needed to go in a different direction - something that would get the juices flowing. We looked at a number of non-traditional buildings, and kept coming back to shipping container structures.  Could the containers be configured in a way that gave us a large green screen studio, and also allowed for additional space we could lease to other creative companies?  We took…

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Seeing Your Work in Unexpected Places…

August 25, 2009 - There is always a feeling of serendipity when I'm thumbing through a trade magazine, surfing the web, or watching TV and come across an illustration, photo or animation epic created, and now see it actually being used in context.  Sometimes, we work weeks or months on an assignment, turn it over to the client, and never see how it was actually used.  That happened recently when the latest issue of Drilling Contractor landed on my desk. While looking through it, I came…

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epic Announces Plans to Build Our New Green Screen Studio

 August 24, 2009 - one online trend that is indisputable is the explosion in the use of video for all kinds of applications. While there is a lot of junk on the web, there is also a great deal of work that is well crafted and perfect for narrowcasting on the small screen.  At epic, we are part of the growing number of web developers who understand the importance of the medium, and we try our best (if possible) to make sure it is a part of every site we build. In the past, we rented…

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Sucker Rod Photo Shoot - TRC Services

August 14, 2009 -  at epic any excuse to get a new piece of photo gear is good enough for us, so when a new client asked us to help with an animation showing the shot peening process on their reconditioned Sucker Rods - we invested in a 4" 0 Photo Softbox Lighting Tent. It was the first time we used this piece of equipment, and we were very pleased with the results.  So here is the back story to the product photos shown here.  We also did some 3D modeling of the metal rod which…

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Social Networking Tips for B2B Marketers

The Woodlands, TX - June 30, 2009  - I just returned from the National Conference of the Business Marketing Association and wanted to share with you some thoughts, ideas and trends. The conference was sold out several weeks in advance. The speaker list was tremendous, and most attendees were there to learn about what's going on in Social Media (i.e. online tools that encourage community, sharing, connectivity, and conversation among people) and how savvy B2B marketers are using them. Speakers…

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epic Brings “Summer Chills” Poster to Life

The Woodlands, TX - June 15, 2009  - The Alley Theater challenged the epic software group to take their famous "Summer Chills" illustration and bring it to life in a 15 second commercial to announce their Summer 2009 production of "Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood". This exotic and thrilling mystery is driven by greed, deceit and murder. epic set out to bring each of these elements into play in the commercial. epic began by creating a 3D version of the Fortune…

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Realtor Offers Video Tour to Showcase Area Home

The Woodlands, TX - May 30, 2009  - Woodlands real estate agent Michael Zabrycki is pioneering the use of online video tours to offer a new level of service to his prospective home buyers and sellers. Real estate video tours allow the user to view a full video tour of the property along with an audio voice narration by the broker. These videos feature high quality sales information and carefully crafted scripts with beautiful imagery. Live motion video provides the viewer with an understanding…

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America’s Christmas Village

Success Stories: America's Christmas Village Wouldn't it be nice to travel back in time to a Victorian village where life is a little slower and the beauty of Christmas is present each waking moment. Imagine celebrating the traditional holidays in an environment where "old fashioned values" are not "old fashioned"? Twinkling lights, falling snow, horse drawn carriages and the renewing of vows and celebration of anniversaries are some of the highlights of America's…

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