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KHOU Channel 11 (CBS Houston) Rents epic Creative Co-Op for Video Shoot

January 5, 2012 - Ready or not the epic Creative Co-Op hosted its first video production shoot for KHOU Channel 11 (the CBS affiliate here in town) for a commercial this week. Although we still have work to do on the overhead lighting grid, the folks at the station said it was not a problem. When they arrived, I understood why - they came with an over sized truck loaded with all kinds of gear. To say it was impressive would be an understatement! Chris, the Director of the shoot for KHOU quickly put…

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Deck, Ramp, and Studio Floor Coating - Armorpoxy II and ArmorTex - Part II of II

December 18, 2011 - Following up on the work we started last week, this week we finished using the Armorpoxy products on both the exterior wood surfaces and the studio floor. ArmorTex was used to coat the wooden decks and ramp while Armorpoxy II was used on the studio floor. Both products were easy to apply, and we are confident will provide us with years of great service. We covered the application of the ArmorTex product in our previous blog entry, so in this one we will focus on the Armorpoxy…

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Immersive Photography – The Nodal Ninja Our Choice for Panoramic Photos

December 6, 2011 - Several years ago we got a call from BJ Services who was in the market for a virtual tour of The Blue Dolphin, the largest production ship in the world. They sent us a link to a model home tour from a local real estate company and asked if we could create something like that for their ship. The interactive tour played on a small section of the screen, did not allow for full up and down viewing, and the only hot spots were links to other rooms in the house. This tour was…

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Coating the Studio Floor and the ADA Wooden Ramp/Deck With Armorpoxy Products - Part I of II

December 4, 2011 - This blog post will be dedicated to the Armorpoxy Company of Union NJ. The company has been very helpful in working with us to select the right protective coatings for the studio floor and the wooden decks/ramps. Turns out that they had products that were perfect for both applications. Their ArmorTex acrylic latex paint was used on the wood ramp/deck, and their Armorpoxy II concrete coating was used on the studio floor. We worked closely with Dan Blum, President of the company,…

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Building out Containers 9 and 10 - Planting Rye Grass - Music Video Shoot

November 27, 2011 - This week we focused on getting the interior rooms in containers 9 and 10 done. We finished the walls, and painted them along with the ceilings. We put down a hardwood floor that came from the dining room in my house. We had some damage from Hurricane Ike a couple of years ago, and the settlement covered a new hardwood floor. We were able to salvage enough good wood from the old floor to recycle it into this project. We also needed to get the studio ready for a music…

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Recycling and Project Clean Up Begins

November 20, 2011 - This week we turned our attention to cleaning up the site, and even made a little money taking some of the iron scrap to the recycling yard in Houston. We also talked with a prospective tenant for units 9 & 10, and decided to build out one interior room for the unit. This required that we clean up and organize the materials left over from the build. Throughout the project, when we cut out walls it resulted in drops from the corten steel. We also had drops from the tubing and…

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Getting the epic Creative Co-Op ready for Leasing

November 13, 2011 - We are making great progress on checking off the items on our punch list, and this week we worked on organizing the building. Now that we have a concrete floor under the ramp, we were able to move the Silver Rock utility trailer out of the studio and into this secure area. We also cleaned up in and around the building, getting our tools and materials organized. It is important from time to time, to stop and organize the site. Soon, we will start to formally show the building and…

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My EPIC Internship - Marta Rippetoe

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.…

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