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Behind-the-Scenes with TNG Visual Effects

 

Take a look at some shots from behind-the-scenes with TNG.

Our founder, Nick Tesi is giving the model some direction on stance and poise. It’s important that she stays in the same position throughout the shoot.

In this session, we also shot for facial motion capture. To help the model out, Nick shows her some examples of facial expressions she can use.

Nothing but fun times at TNG!

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

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When Is Our 3D Scanning Job Complete?

We just finished a complex scanning job that involved several large elements – all to be 3D scanned on stage using Lidar Scanners – within one day.

We were asked to scan all of the elements immediately because one of the sets was scheduled to be immersed in a water tank, which would make it difficult and possibly more time consuming to scan later.

lidar scan of building

To complete this job, we needed to coordinate not just our scanning schedule and professional photo session, but also plan around the various painters, the special effects crew, the riggers, the grip and electric crews, and the production department – all of whom also needed access to the same elements in order to meet their own deadlines.

Naturally, the crew’s workflow constantly changed, so we had to work around these shifting schedules; however, because we were well prepared, and had carefully coordinated with each of the various department heads, we were able to successfully scan all of the required objects within a normal day’s schedule.

lidar scan, building scan, large area scan

For TNG, it’s not just about creating an exceptional 3D scan, but it’s also about accommodating our client and their own schedules throughout the entire process. We keep our clients continuously updated on the progress of each stage of cleanup and texturing. Our job is complete when our customers walk away with a smile and the satisfaction that the project was accomplished not just professionally, but also as smoothly as possible.

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TNG Visual Effects: Behind-the-Scenes

Come with us as we 3D scan Victoria the Sword Fighter, Carolyn the Pirate Vampire, and Bryan the Viking in our studio in Los Angeles. It was a very exciting day for the team at TNG!

 

tng behind the scenes, 3d scanning

 

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Realistic Expectations in 3D Modeling

As we progress down the road of visual effects and this industry, we marvel at how many projects we’ve had a chance to be a part of. Of course we would love to have our 3d models be the star of every action scene, but even in the cases where the scene is static and the character or item gets blown up, set on fire or put in a situation where live action doesn’t make sense, still we are proud of our work.

All of that being said, our job is not an easy one. Our challenge is producing a product that can stand on its own, especially in the eye of the public. But, this pressure is what drives us.

3d scan_full body_lidar_large vehicle and building

Before our products are viewed by the public, they go through a series of quality control, not only by us but by the receiving company or group that needs to make the model work in their scene or production. On a complicated model or character, the detail is the start of the mountain we climb. That, coupled with the amount of time we have to complete a project, can further complicate the climb. Although, the deadline alone is not the killer.

The 3 challenges that most modeling and scanning companies face are:

  1. Budget
  2. Quality
  3. Speed

full body 3d scan

In this economy with so many smaller companies going belly up, not many account managers will agree to only having two of the three choices listed above. They would be more afraid of the VFX producer saying, “Well you are one of three companies bidding, so is that your final answer?” No, they want it all. So the best thing a modeling or scanning company can to do is to try and conquer the best 2 out of 3, and if possible add a buffer somewhere in the event a real problem pops up.

We all know stuff happens that is out of our control, so we pivot and get it done. Quality is what we all want, and what ultimately separates the companies that can from the companies that can’t. If what we do was easy, anyone could do it. We know the VFX bar is always rising; it’s just too bad the budgets aren’t following an upward swing as well.

 

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