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TNG Visual Effects’ Recent Work

Here is a sample of our most recent work. This CG character can be digitally inserted into any film, commercial, video game, or whatever the need. 3D scanning is the most efficient way to create a digital character and can be done on location or in our studio.

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VFX Today

There are many articles circling the internet that talk about visual effects and how much they are actually used. Automatically one thinks of big budget films like Spider-Man, Captain America and Godzilla, and yes they are used in those types of films, however, they can also be found in projects like video games, commercials, and even lower budget independent films. Here is a list of some projects that have used VFX.

1. The Polar Express: Released in 2004, this was the first feature film to be shot entirely on a motion capture stage. In The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks as the dad, train operator and mysterious roof passenger, it was incredible to see an animated actor that really looked like a cartoon version of himself. To capture the specific details of Hanks face and characteristics, facial recognition technology was used through a series of 3D scanning and motion capture sessions.

Tom Hanks, Polar Express, motion capture

2. Avatar: Released in 2009, James Cameron described this film as a hybrid with full live-action shot in combination with computer generated characters and live environments. With half the film being set on the planet Pandora, actors such as Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver spent months on a motion capture stage while acting out each scene that involved their Na’vi alien characters.

Zoe Saldana, Avatar, motion capture

3. Tron: Legacy: In 2010 Jeff Bridges reprised his role as Kevin Flynn in the Tron sequel, Tron: Legacy, and plays a new character CLU which is a program that resembles a younger version of Flynn. To create CLU, Bridges performed the scenes in motion capture gear and later his head was replaced by the younger digital version. To mimic his facial movements, micro cameras with infrared sensors were used.

Jeff Bridges, Tron, motion capture

4. David Guetta’s Music Video Featuring Nicki Minaj: The music video Turn Me On that came out in 2012 featured a mechanical version of Nicki Minaj, along with other doll-like creatures. To create Minaj’s character, she first went through a 3D scanning session to create a digital version that could be used in the video.

Nicki Minaj, Turn Me On, 3d scan

5. Beyond: Two Souls was released in September of 2013 and featured actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. David Cage, CEO of Quantic Dream, stated having an emotional narrative was an important point to the development of the game. To capture the actors specific facial expressions and body movements, they were first 3D scanned and then went through several sessions of motion capture to make the virtual versions of themselves as close to life-like as possible. The entire process took over one year to collect enough data to create the game.

Beyond 2 Souls, motion capture

6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4, 2014 and features actor Kevin Spacey. To recreate someone as iconic as Spacey, he went through a series of 3D scanning and motion capture sessions. It takes highly skilled artists to make true replicas of people, objects, and locations that are well-know.

Kevin Spacey, Call of Duty, 3d facial scan

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