Jun 14 2013
3D scanning characters can either be expensive or more cost effective for your project depending on how, when and where they are scanned.
We have experienced production needing a 3D scan of an actor after they had already left the show, and the cost for having them return for a scan was too expensive. We know there are a hundred ways to accomplish almost anything on a project, but if this particular actor was scanned in pre-production or between scenes, there would have been no extra cost or cause for worry.
One suggestion that also acts as an insurance policy is to scan all of the main characters in the event their scan is needed later. These scans can then be archived until the processed data is needed. If you’ve found yourself rushing at the last minute on a project, consider the insurance policy service. It is the least expensive compared to last minute orders. Visual Effects Supervisors have confirmed that having the 3D scans readily available in post saved them a lot of work and time.
Below are some considerations to make when planning your 3D scanning.
Cut costs by performing your 3D scans in a studio. This saves you on associated costs of travel and on-site scanning fees.
If you have your own modeling team, just order the clean, raw scan. Then it’s a simple calculation of determining which type of 3D model is the most cost effective.
Consider the down time of the talent on set and schedule a team of scan technicians accordingly. This will save money and alleviate stress for the Producer, Art Director and talent.
We know you have a lot more to think about than 3D scanning your characters. Our goal is to make our service as efficient as possible. We guarantee our work and look forward to helping you experience 3D scanning at its best.
More Ways to Save: Discuss the Specs Before Your 3D Scan
- What type of hair will your 3D models feature?
- Will talent be in a wig cap?
- Does the wardrobe to be scanned include clothes with reflective qualities?
- Will you be animating cloth?
- What is your delivery schedule?
Where is your closest location?
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