“Absolutely worth it… I dropped out of the VES because it didn’t offer even close to the same value as this list, FWIW.”

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3D-PRO (est 1998)

What it is

3D-PRO is a private, carefully curated, and highly esteemed community composed of 3D, CG, FX, VR, Gaming, and other professionals working in related/complementary fields from around the globe. The primary form of communication between members takes place via an email discussion list.

For over two decades, the 3D-PRO mailing list has proven to be an invaluable resource among a who’s who of companies & individuals all over the world.

For more social-oriented discussions, we have an active Discord channel (3DPub) where our community converses about interesting things in ways that would be considered too noisy for the list.

3DPub channels include food, movies, videos, podcasts, reading, hobbies, photography, and more.

3D-PRO is a Who’s Who of people working in 3D, CG, FX, VR, Gaming and more

Imagine a community of people who are not just knowledgeable about a particular subject, but who may have actually had a hand in steering it’s direction. Imagine asking a question about a format or a piece of software and getting an answer from the person who helped create it.

What makes 3D-PRO special

3D-PRO is a private community. For 21 years, 3D-PRO was only accessible via an invitation & endorsement from an existing member, but this process was relaxed in 2019 to allow for special requests via LinkedIn.

This restricted membership mechanism has allowed 3D-PRO to slowly, but steadily grow for over 2 decades without sacrificing the quality and close-knit community feel of 3D-PRO membership.

This is the internet like it used to befriendly and helpful with a real sense of community.

There are also no anonymous members. All members are required to introduce themselves upon joining.

Esteemed members & companies that push the envelope

  • 3D/CG/FX & Animation studios
  • Academy Award winners
  • Ted Talkers
  • CG related authors
  • Artists & Programmers
  • Directors & filmmakers
  • Educators & academics
  • Software companies
  • Computer gaming companies
  • Plugin developers

Employees from dozens of organizations around the worldg

Adobe
Allegorithmic
Animal Logic
Apple
Aardman Animations
Autodesk
Blizzard Entertainment
Blur
Chaos Group
Digital Domain
DNEG
Dreamworks/PDI
Electronic Arts
Embassy FX
Epic Games
Framestore

Google
Hydraulx
ILM
Important Looking Pirates
Isotropix
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
LucasFilm
MPC
Method Studios
Microsoft
Milk VFX
Naughty Dog
Netflix
Nvidia
Oats Studios

Pixar
Pixologic
Rhythm & Hues Studios
Rigging Dojo
Rising Sun Pictures
Rockstar Games
Rovio Entertainment
Shotgun Software
Side Effects Software
Soho VFX
Sony Imageworks
The Foundry
The Mill
Valve
Walt Disney Animation
Weta Digital

*Inclusion in this list does not in any way represent endorsement by any of the companies mentioned or any of their employees. All member’s opinions are their own and not the views of their employer.

How 3D-PRO is used

3D-PRO is used in a variety of ways, including industry networking, announcements, job postings, 3D/CG related discussion including hardware, software, techniques, technical issues, problem-solving, beta testing, and more.

What members say...

“Paying for the lifetime membership is one of the easiest decisions I have made in this industry.”

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FAQ

Due to the private nature of our community and the caliber of many members, 3D-PRO was intentionally kept low-profile for nearly 20 years. Members were discouraged from talking about it with others (except to invite them).

While we are still a private community — and access is limited — we are actively seeking to diversify our membership by attracting a new generation of talented and knowledgeable people working in CG and related fields. Which is why we’re not quite as low-profile as we used to be.