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What is the Cost of Creating a Character?

You chose visual effects because you know you can create anything as long as it’s in your budget. Need photo-realistic 3D models? Adding in mocap or necessary services to make your project come alive may make your budget seem bleaker than you originally thought.

blend wireframe, 3d head scan, facial scan

Let’s say you’ve got ten characters that need to be 3D scanned. You want these in high enough detail so you can start using them for tests, trailers, etc. It already feels like you’re going to break your budget. We’ve got suggestions to help you get the data you need.

Partner Up – Best case scenario: You’re developing the game while the film is in production. From concept to Post, these projects will maintain fluid replication and you will have someone to split the costs with.

Quantity Discount – You remember this one, right? The more you spend, the more you save.

Data Storage – Not sure exactly what you want in digital? If your production has potential for any possible scene changes, just have your 3D scanning service provider scan anything you might possibly need as a CG model. Order the data when you need it.

Head Scans – The 3D scanning service provider that specializes in photo-realistic heads can give you a good clean model quickly. You can take the fraction you’ve saved and use other specialists to finish the work.

Raw to Ready to Rig, 3d head scan

Raw Scans – This is an option as long as the VFX facility you choose to do clean up and textures with has a pipeline compatible with 3D scanned models. Are their costs any less than your 3D scanning service provider?

If none of the options above are beneficial to your project, talk to your 3D scanning service provider to determine how they can customize your order to help you. There could be other bargaining chips out there that you haven’t considered. Get the conversation started and figure out how you will get the best with your budget. Great characters are worth it.


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When And Where Will You Need 3D Scanning?

You are in pre-production building a game trailer or a commercial and you need a 3D scan of one or more characters. However, this is production and their availability is not clear yet. You are trying to get the project details nailed down, but contractors are looking for dates that you can commit to as part of their planning strategy.  This can be stressful!  So many things to do without getting jammed up at this point.


behind the scences, 3d scanning full body, props

We are constantly working on this issue by keeping our systems small and efficient to respond to last-minute needs, or to follow the needs of production and fly out at the last minute to scan talent. We have built crews that can go in multiple directions, plus cover dates that allow for time off. It is a challenge, but also a necessity to get the data you need in the time you need it without having your 3D scanning crew sitting on site for days, costing you part of your precious budget.

LiDar scanning on site, ship

The next part is delivery of the product. How much of the project can be delivered, and how fast? In providing you with a full solution, we deliver clean raw data or re-meshed data with UV coordinates and texture maps plus Zbrush sculpting to bring out that fine detail to give it an extra realistic look. As far as the speed of delivery, there are a number of variables such as how many projects we’re working on, the deliverables, and the requested detail. If we get good guidance as to your needs, we can pull it off.  We need at least 3 days on a full body, which is normally 5, but if you need it fast we will do all we can to accommodate you.  If you have a bigger job, we will take on a new crew for your project.

Like all other businesses, we need to make decisions on how to service our industry. We know we have an industry that is very organic and requires flexible scheduling for unseen problems, but this gives us an opportunity to utilize our resourcefulness and creatively finding ways to be more flexible and alleviating the stress on your behalf.


Where is your closest location?

tng vfx locations

We welcome your feedback! Comment on our blog or visit our Facebook page.