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scanning characters

scanning characters

The Evolution of Character

Characters in media (movies, commercials, TV and games) that require digital doubles via 3D scanning, need to be captured accurately to retain all of the unique qualities of the talent. For example, the actor/actress may have distinct facial characteristics such as scars, eye color, nose shape, and eyebrows. The level of detail you will need is determined by the proximity of the camera to the digital double.

3d head scan, digital character, scarf

3D scanning technology allows us to provide your production with realistic replication. This applies to heads, bodies, wardrobes, environments, props, and whatever else you may need to replicate. A full body and head scan along with blend shapes, facial performance, and Mocap is a grand way to bring your digital doubles to life. Throw in some cloth simulation software, dynamic hair, and voice-over to increase the amount of realism your digital doubles can bring to the screen.

dynamic cloth test

Films like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar have shown us that innovation is not dead. As your 3D scanning service provider, we seek opportunities that will improve your production through our valuable service. Allow us to help you grow your toolbox by offering our services. We thank you for sharing this exciting time with us in VFX. Let’s continue the adventure.

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VFX: The 3D Scanning Market

Your next project may have a list of items and/or talent that need to be 3D scanned, and your budget may be looking more anemic than plentiful. That’s when you need to ask yourself if everything on that list actually needs to be scanned.

3d scan_full body_lidar_large vehicle and building

If finding where to make cuts is too early to tell, or if you are wondering how to make your budget stretch without cutting back on other visual effects, here are  a couple of suggestions that may help.

  1. Consider choosing the items and models that you know you absolutely need scanned right away and have the other models scanned on contingency. There may be some scanning charges, but remember the bulk of the cost is on the build out, not the scanning. This is a quick and fairly easy option to make sure you have what you need, when you need it.
  2. Having one vendor do all of the 3D scanning for your project is another option, and will save you on time and money. The world of visual effects gets larger as the budgets get smaller, and you need options. What happens if at the end of the day you need everything on your list? If you use one vendor, a lot of times they will offer a great deal on pricing. There is also the peace of mind knowing you can manage the project from one place, along with the asset point of view.

tng cg town, lidar scanning, 3d scanning

The VFX market is evolving and becoming a staple in all parts of the world. We are now seeing VFX films going off shore or being filmed in Canada. This has been giving new companies from all over the world the ability to bid on any project.

dynamic cloth test

Remember to look at your options and at the capability of the company you are about to work with. Ask yourself these two questions: Will they deliver when you need it? Can you use what they deliver? When shopping in the world market, this is the great dilemma we all face.

 

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