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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Mobile Services: Tips For 3D Scanning On Site

Creating digital doubles of talent, props, vehicles, and buildings is becoming more prominent in film and television along with video game trailers and cinematics. It is vital for a company to provide a mobile service that is flexible to those involved in projects in the entertainment business. Due to their schedules being moving targets, they have come to rely on such benefits.

Mobile 3D Scanning Services

As a mobile company ourselves, here are some tips on how to provide this service, and how to best travel with your equipment.
  1. Only stay on the set as long as you’re needed. If possible, arrive and depart on the same day, or within one or two days, to save on cost. Try to travel with your equipment in the cabin so that it does not get lost in transit or in the airport.
  2. Make sure to have back-up equipment. You never know what could go wrong while you are on site, so if it is possible, carry along back-ups for each piece of equipment. Overnight shipping might work, but if you have the talent right in front of you and they are leaving that evening, it may not be an option.
  3. A mobile service needs to be reliable and produce a quality product. A decent delivery schedule is also a must. Get references if you are using someone or a company for the first time. Saving money is important, but not at the expense of losing a great shot or model.

Mobile 3D Scanning Services

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Facial Expressions Using Blend Shapes

A 3D character can be somewhat boring without facial expressions, however, choosing to animate a model with dynamic expressions will bring a character to life.

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When working with blend shapes, you begin with a neutral pose that is then morphed into each expression. The blend shapes themselves need to have the same vertex point order and vertex count as your neutral model to make them work correctly. There are many expressions to take into consideration, in fact, the FACS System has approximately 72 expressions with ones as minute as raising an eyebrow. However, it only takes among 30 to 40 expressions to make a static performance come alive.

Nicks Facial Expressions

The many faces of Founder, Nick Tesi.

Check out these two clips of facial motion capture in action:

Facial Motion Capture – video 1

Facial Motion Capture – video 2

When starting down the road of expressions, make sure to figure out as much information as possible as to what your needs are and what the cost will be. Normally, cost is calculated per second as there are 24 to 30 frames per second. Typically a clip can run anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes, so you can see how the price can get away from you quickly. This is not a service to be taken lightly.


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Creating a CG Character

In the world of entertainment, great story lines need great supporting characters. This is a fact that is never lost on a 3D character artist.

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A great deal of work and planning goes into each and every inch of a character to create a world that the audience wants to be a part of. In the past, that required countless hours of anatomical sculpting, touch ups, and revisions. With the help of 3D scanning, an artist no longer has to toil endlessly to achieve the likeness of an actor or the proportions of a costume. The more tedious steps of that process are eliminated which allows them to create at a higher rate, bringing down budgets and raising quality all at once.

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3D scanning is changing the face of the industry and just at the right time. It’s really amazing to see just how much detail the scanners can pick up. As quality expectations from the audience rise, the industry must adapt making this technological breakthrough a big step in the right direction.


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Joining the California and Louisiana Locations, TNG Visual Effects Opens Satellite Office in Vancouver

Contact: Nick Tesi

TNG Visual Effects

3424 W. Carson St., Suite 210

Torrance, CA 90503 USA Toll-free: +1 877-879-2040 Local: +1 424 -237-1730 Email: info@tngvisualeffects.com

Website: http://TNGVisualEffects.com





3D Scanning service TNG Visual Effects Canada, Inc. has officially opened for business in Vancouver, with a Toronto office on the way.

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Vancouver, BC

Just as Vancouver’s tax credits and talent lure many stellar productions to this growing film location, TNG Visual Effects has embraced the new territory by opening a Vancouver office supplying the quality service TNG’s clients have come to expect: an elegant and cost effective solution serving the industry’s 3D Photogrammetry needs.

Located at Park Place, 666 Burrard Street, Suite 500 in Vancouver, B.C. the new location makes three, joining the corporate office in Los Angeles and the Louisiana office next to Pixel Magic at 537 Cajundome Blvd. Ste #132 Lafayette, LA 70506. A Toronto office will open soon and is already accepting clients.

TNG Visual Effects delivers a photo-realistic digital model applicable to film, television, video game productions and more. The process is fast and efficient and for the client, is literally as simple as standing there. Offering scanning services for characters, vehicles, and interior/exterior architecture, TNG’s expert technicians scans the subject, their artists’ fine tune the model and textures, confirm the strict quality control standards are met, then the file is FTP’d to the client. The process is overseen by Founder and President Nick Tesi, who brings over 28 years 3D scanning experience to the table.

Completely mobile, TNG brings this technology to your door anywhere in North America within 24 hours, with additional services and locations planned for the near future. “As the company grows,” says Tesi “we continue to build our service, and in the interim customers will get our full size service and quality in Vancouver with local service and tax credits.” Tesi’s dedication to the craft has built an impressive client list, including Fox, Summit Entertainment, Evergreen Productions, HBO, Stargate Studios, Acne Media, Blur Studios, THQ, Midway, Sony, 2K Sports, Bioware and EA.


Contact us for your 3D scanning needs either by calling our toll-free number +1 877-879-2040 or via email info@tngvisualeffects.com /nicktesi@tngvisualeffects.com


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Scanning for Facial Expressions

How important are facial expressions when 3D scanning a character? It may seem easy, but are we ever truly aware of what our face is doing when we are experiencing an emotion? What does a genuine sad face look like, or a happy face or an angry face? From time to time we are asked to capture facial expressions during a 3d scanning session, and thinking about the above questions, you can imagine how this task can become challenging. Furthermore, if the expressions are not previously selected, the talent is at odds as to which pose should be captured.

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We’ve come up with a couple of solutions that we know can provide a smoother, more efficient session not only for us, but for the talent.

Solution #1

Review the scene that is calling for the emotion and create a list of possible expressions the character can portray to deliver a believable scene. You can also prerecord the talent acting out the scene to get a better picture as to which emotions you will need.

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Solution #2

Create a list of common expressions/emotions your projects tend to use that you can provide to the talent and/or 3D scanning technician each time facial expression capture is needed.

These tips are simple and easy to implement. They may seem minor and commonsense, but in our experience working in this business, we have found that every little bit helps.


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