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mobile scanning

mobile scanning

TNG is Growing

TNG opened their Canadian Corporation in Vancouver and is now opening and expanding into Toronto and Montreal. Vancouver has been referred to as “Hollywood North” since the late 1970s and is in reference to their hold on being the third largest movie production center after Los Angeles and New York, as well as being in the same time zone and having the infrastructure in place to handle production projects. The title has also been used to describe Toronto, as well as the entire Canadian film industry as a whole, and offers extremely versatile landscapes for production studios to take advantage of, attractive tax credits, and highly skilled laborers in all aspects of production.

USA and Canada

TNG is headquartered in Los Angeles, and along with their move into the major cities in Canada, they have a location in Louisiana and have been working on projects in New York. These efforts give TNG the ability to service the production industry and major hubs in North America ensuring tax credits for production houses in those areas.

 

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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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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.

Viking_3d scanning_facial expressions

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.

facial expressions, 3d scanning, viking

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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Mobility in Service

To have a studio today is a wonderful accomplishment. This means you can afford the overhead of providing a place to ply your skills. The biggest advantage is being able to control your set up – your full crew on hand and all of your equipment available in the event you need to fix or replace anything. It is almost the perfect scenario.

Getting Ready for the Photo Shoot

Full size light for Body 3D Scanning Photo Shoot

However, if you service the entertainment industry, this changes quite a bit. It is the industry that never sleeps which makes the talent in high demand with definite time constraints. It’s a fast-paced environment of get in, wait, do your part in the least amount of time skillfully and then get out of the way. It’s not a cruel business; it’s what makes working in our field so exciting.

3D scanning equipment

The ability to be a mobile business that is also flexible is important in the entertainment industry. Production is always on the move whether they are working on a film, a commercial, a trailer for a game or a TV Series, and depend on businesses that understand their demanding schedules. As their budgets get tighter, the need to be available at a moment’s notice is what they rely on. This can add a bit of stress on all involved, especially as things change based on the needs of the project, availability of the talent and sometimes the weather, but the more flexible and mobile we can be help us meet the needs of our clients.

Lidar scanning on site, battle ship

This strategy is not for the weak of heart, it is for those who excel under pressure. They need to have efficient technology allowing them to get in and out quickly, the ability to get back to their facility, unload all of their data, process it and send it out to the group that needs to integrate it into their part of the project. We know it sounds a little militaristic. Maybe we’ll start recruiting from Special Forces in the military – just the strategists of course.

 

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3D Scanning On Location Or In A Scanning Studio?

full body scan

Full body scan in minutes

We have found most companies like having a 3D scanning team come on-site to scan their talent rather than having the talent go to a scanning studio. However, which is the most cost effective and the most efficient option for your project? Here are the pros and cons of the two.

 

On Location Scanning

Pros:

  • The talent does not have to travel anywhere
  • All talent and/or props are in one place and can be scanned immediately
  • Props will not leave the set

Cons:

  • On-site scanning fee
  • Travel expenses by the scanning team
  • Additional time needed for scan team to set up equipment
  • Possibility of scanning team needing to return if not all talent is available

 

In Studio Scanning

Pros:

  • Scanning equipment is set up and ready to scan making the process more efficient
  • No additional fees
  • No travel expenses

Cons:

  • The cost for the talent to go to the scanning studio may be greater
  • Props will need to leave the set to be scanned

 

Another option is to choose a scanning team that is close to production. This, of course, will depend on how much room you have to work with versus how much room will be needed for scanning. We have found it to be more efficient for the client, and for us, to be as close to the action as possible. This also helps eliminate additional travel time for the talent.

 

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