TNG Visual Effects

  3D Scanning Services   

Jun 2013- Vol 3   

Issue 6     

Full 3D Image
Built Character, Car, Building and Walkway
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TNG Visual Effects

Main Office - Los Angeles





North American Services

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TNG Visual Effects 3D scanning systems allow us to serve your production locally in Canada and the U.S. See map below for locations.


TNG Building
TNG Headquarters LA 



TNG Visual Effects is a 3D scanning company in the entertainment industry that specializes in the creation of photorealistic digital assets. Many characters, vehicles, cars, sets, props, animals, sculptures and other items have been added to TNG's scope of work since the company's inception in 2009. 


The TNG team knows how to work with producers, directors, coordinators, A-list talent and other agencies, making the most of their precious time and ensuring a successful project. TNG's work is always guaranteed. 


The TNG scan team is also highly noted for their ability to travel at a moments notice for a project. Exclusive use of highly mobile scanning systems allow for TNG to perform scans in practically any location. Express Scanning.  








Whitney Singing


Battle Ship to scan  






Large Objects  





Character Line-up
Full 3D Character Scanning

A Note From Our Founder



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Nick Tesi

TNG Visual Effects Founder



June is a busy month for us in a number of different ways. We have started a Crowd Funding effort in order to put all the right equipment in the right places with our new offices, plus bring on new helpers to serve our customer base even better.  


We continue working on getting our satellites up and running and having everyone fully trained. To help them get up to speed, we put out a whopping 25% discount until the 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day. This gives our newest crew members a chance to try their hand, with our experts behind them of course.


We are still  looking for more partners that are synergistic to our service and who can help our customers and theirs realize more savings by working with both of us.


I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and I wish you all a great month, quarter, and year. 



Janelle - Geisha scaled

Making of Geisha 


"I've worked with Nick Tesi for many years contracting 3D scans from him for several of the shows we work on and have always been secure in the knowledge that he would deliver quality work on time.  We recently called on Nick Tesi's new company TNG Visual Effects (The Nicholas Group) and he has once again proven himself with excellent service, speed and is providing even higher quality models than expected for our projects. Nick is dependable and will go the extra mile to make sure that we get what we need. I would recommend him and his company to any project needing 3D scanning."    
Al Lopez, VP Creative Services

Stargate Studios


Building Characters 


Building Character


Geisha_Leg out  

We build 3D characters for an array of uses and with all sorts of looks, sizes, ethnic groups, with clothing and with out clothing for movies, commercials and video games. A request for a 3D character is like a casting call, but in reality what we create is a copy or simulation of real life. We are characters ourselves in the real world and have unique facial expressions from the details of our eyes, to the way our lips move or smile, to how our nose crinkles at a certain smell. Perfecting all of these details is not easy as the face or head of a character is not perfect. When you start looking at a face through a computer, you begin to notice that a face is not symmetrical and that one eye is bigger than the other, and the nostrils and the ears are different shapes. You also realize you cannot construct only half the face and flip it, unless it is a background person.


Jose Head_Beanie 

Building a character is my favorite part of 3D Scanning, and blending shapes or adding expressions opens up a whole new world. There are many things to consider when requesting a 3D character. Should the character have a certain stance for marketing, or display a certain mood such as love, anger, defiance or acceptance? Should the clothing be layered, soiled or crisp? Does the character need accessories such as jewelry, weapons, or instruments? Will the character have cyber hair making it more realistic? All of these decisions will bring the character closer to the emulation of reality.



More than just wishing upon a star, the next step of course is for the Mocap people to break out their latest systems and software and bring your character to life. All of this effort is to give a unique performance of technology to enhance the viewing of spectacular action. What a great time to be involved in the building of cyber worlds.


Insurance Scanning  
Cost of Insuring your Digital Assets

What are we talking about when we mention digital asset or 3D scanning insurance? To most, these are new terms. Digital asset/3D scanning insurance is having raw scan data of characters and sets from your project stored in a place that is easily accessible, and that can be retrieved and built if needed. This is important from a cost standpoint, if nothing else. If you have a character who is injured in the middle of filming, or worst case passes away such as Brandon Lee in The Crow and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, you need to find a way to finish the project, and for your investors to have a chance at recovering their investment.

Perhaps a character goes through an unanticipated transition, or another shot popped up in post that needs a clean character face, think about the cost of getting that actor back versus the cost of reconstructing them. The same goes for sets, cars and trucks - all of these items could and can be scanned and archived in the event their needs come to fruition. Wouldn't it be better to have it in your back pocket than to have a thought in your head saying we need this and it's gonna cost us?


The most cost effective strategy is to have a 3D scanning team scan all characters, props and sets while they are still on set, and while the set is still up. These scans can be archived and retrieved as needed. A great example are Episodics that have many characters. We have worked on a number of these and scanned one character at a time as needed.

As productions get faster and budgets get tighter, more ways will be found to be efficient, save money, and get the data you need when you need it. A little planning and consideration of the possibilities give you options that can be the difference between staying within budget and going over. Ask us about our Digital or 3D Scanning Insurance options.
Cars, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles


Lidar scanning is a common term that refers to the laser scanning of a large area such as a building, set, truck, train, or airplane. Lidar scanning technology is what we use to help us in our insurance scanning of sets.

Faro - Vegas  

Lidar scanning is a great solution for scanning buildings that have a storefront or intricate detail around windows and inviting entry ways. It can also be used to scan the inside of a building whether bland or more elaborate, depending on how expressive the architect wanted to be with their creation, and is well suited for complicated interiors, finishes and even sets.



The transportation vehicles are also a magnet for this type of scanner. We recently went to Travel Town and scanned a train from the 1800's. To make it an operative train we had to model a lot of parts, but that is what is involved to create a working model. Whether it is a slick Chevelle or an army tank, a 3D lidar scan can make short work of it. 



We want to bring items to the market in a more affordable way and have been looking at building a library of ready to go images. We are also looking at a much faster process of replicating an object, building or vehicle. Our equipment is small and portable, easy to travel with and scans fast, however based on the size and complexity of the scan, the time will be what is necessary.



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Thank You

We at TNG Visual Effects are continually looking for better ways to serve the entertainment industry by providing an excellent experience for our clients. Thank you for taking the time to review our newsletter. If you have any questions, or would like to consider TNG Visual Effects in your next bid, please contact us.


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