“I’ve been on this list for 20 of its 21 years and it is by far the best resource in the VFX/CG/animation community.”

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Many communities & discussion lists have come and gone since 1998. We're still here and still going strong. There's a reason for that. You won't find another community or resource like 3D-PRO.

Founded in 1998 by Zero Dean, 3D-PRO is an esteemed international invite-only community of 3D, CG, FX, VR, Gaming and other professionals working in related or complementary fields. The primary form of communication between members takes place via an email discussion list.

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

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

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

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

That’s 3D-PRO.

EVERY NEW MEMBER GETS 1 FULL YEAR – WITHOUT OBLIGATION – TO EXPERIENCE 3D-PRO AND DETERMINE FOR THEMSELVES IF IT IS SOMETHING WORTH PAYING FOR.

After 21 years, 3D-PRO adopted a nominal subscription model, but paying for membership is optional and only kicks in after 1 full year of access.

This means that literally every single member of the 3D-PRO community who has been a member for more than a year believes it is something valuable enough to pay and stay for. But that’s up to you to decide (and by a large majority, most people do).

Who makes up 3D-PRO?

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 world, from industry leaders to small independent studios.

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

Hydraulx
ILM
Important Looking Pirates
Isotropix
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
LEGO Systems
LucasFilm
Marvel
Maxon
Mikros Image
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
Scanline VFX
Side Effects Software
Soho VFX
Sony Imageworks
The Foundry
The Mill
Unity Technologies
Valve
Walt Disney Animation
Weta Digital
Wild Brain Studios

*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.

What is 3D-PRO used for?

  • Sharing, discussing & inquiring about 3D, CG, FX, AR, AI related topics.
  • Discussing best practices & resources for everything industry related.
  • Software, hardware & company related inquires & problem solving.
  • Job posts directly from employees (no recruiters).
  • Available-for-hire posts from people seeking work.
  • Companies use it to gather data from a group of highly informed individuals in order to make informed decisions about their offerings.
  • Self, product & company promotion (is allowed, but must be done from a personal & direct point of view, not a spammy one).
  • Reminiscing & storytelling about previous experiences.
  • Some use 3D-PRO to stay in touch with people or in tune with the industry after they have retired from it.
  • Our discord server is used for informal and social interaction, meet-ups, and non-industry-related discussions.
  • And much, much more.

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 twenty years without sacrificing the quality and close-knit community feel of 3D-PRO membership.

Join and engage with a computer graphics community like no other.

"If it's so great..."

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 discussing 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. This is why we’re not quite as low-profile as we used to be. 

(Plus, 3D-PRO was a terribly kept secret.)