Expert 3D Scanning & Modeling 

Photo-Realistic Digital Doubles
Photogrammetry Specialists

3D Scanning North America from
Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta,  Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Montreal QC

July 2017
Volume 7 Issue 7

Digital Doubles that Watch for Trouble
  Digital Doubles  from Raw to Ready-to-Rig for the Entertainment Industry

3D Bodies, Props, & Buildings Since 2010 

TNG Visual Effects and its subsidiary,  TNG Visual Effects Canada Inc., combine to make a  network of  3D scanning services on-the-ready for any North American entertainment industry project. We specialize in the creation of photo-realistic 3D digital assets. Many characters, vehicles, cars, sets ,   props , animals, sculptures, and buildings have been added to our scope of work since our inception in 2010. 

3D Scanning Session
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Our teams know how to work with producers, directors, coordinators, A-list talent, and other agencies.  We are seasoned, fast and efficient, and our work is always guaranteed. Our strength is our ability to travel at a moment's notice. Call us for your next   3D scanning project , we are here to make you look good!

TNG: We're Here to Make You Look Good 


Nick Tesi, Founder 

Summertime is full swing, we enjoyed the fireworks, barbeques and celebrations - hope no one lost any fingers. Summertime allows for a change of pace; we can break away for a long holiday weekend and assess our 3D scanning services.

In the first half of 2017 we added new technology to be better, faster, and even more mobile with our facial scanning business; I look forward to updating you as we implement our mobile facial scanning  photogrammetry rig (pictured above right). 

Enjoy the summer, we will be here 3D scanning between the surf, sand, and Southern California sun.

Our Promise to Our Valued Customers


At TNG Visual Effects we constantly strive to innovate and develop new, improved approaches to 3D scanning. Our crack-team of technology experts, scan-techs, and 3D artists constantly push the bar higher day by day.

As always, we will continue to provide Expert 3D scanning services to our customers. Our job is to make you look good, guaranteed.
2017 TNG Original 3D Characters

We build high-resolution original 3D characters from 3D scans every month to feature in our newsletter.  These models are suitable for film, tv, vr and games, and are available for purchase. Contact us at  877-879-2937 for details, and visit our portfolio of originals at

Andre the Great.

The Tesi T-2000.

Betty from the TNG Diner serving up digi-doubles.

Katie the TNG Sweet Heart (and her sour sister).

3D Photogrammetry Services

Photogrammetry is emerging as our go-to technique, using high resolution photography to build a highly accurate 3D model. Photogrammetry can be used for environments and subjects of all sizes.

 Captivated by photogrammetry.

LiDAR 3D Scanning Services

At TNG we use Faro for the large subjects.

Lidar scan data and 3D model with texture.

We Lidar scanned a real, life-sized locomotive.

3D Scans for E-Commerce & Props

E-commerce sites routinely use 3D scans of their SKUs, and everyday objects are often 3D scanned for to use as props in film and tv projects.

Photogrammetry 3D scan of a shoe.

Clothing 3D scans are made for characters, or for e-commerce sites.

Textured 3D model and scan data of a handbag.

The 3D Portable Face Scanner

ln the world of facial performances, there is sometimes a  need to capture facial expressions for blend-shapes in conjunction with mocap or other forms of facial performance. 

Digital 3D Expressions from System 

We were fortunate enough to find a maker of these devices / stations that is actually portable. This gives us the capability to come into your facility and work with your talent on-site.

New Mobile 3D Face-Scanning System

As you are producing your film, game, or episodic, there may not be time to run out and have this done off-set, or to use another method as it is very labor intensive. This tool gives us what we need; speed and agility with an exceptional deliverable for our customers.

High-resolution photogrammetry.

In between our projects we continue to test and to find better and quicker ways to set up and to use this system. If you are doing a lot of characters all of the time the old way, this may save you lots of time and labor, resulting in a much faster turn-around.

A full-body photogrammetry scanning rig.

We enjoy this process and would be happy to demonstrate it on your project, or work with you on an upcoming project - give us a call.

Build Bigger 3D Assets for your Project

There are several ways to build bigger and better 3D assets for your project, depending upon how much time and money you have allotted for 3D assets.

For example, you could have a 3D modeler just model your assets from sketches, and depending on his / her experience you would have your 3D model in days or weeks. 

3D model built from Lidar 3D scan.

Alternatively, you could buy  a similar asset online, and then modify it to make it unique for your project. This might be a quick solution, depending upon the level of finish and detail of the purchased asset. This may work out fine; in fact, you may be using this strategy now.

Historic Point Fermin Lighthouse:
3D model built from photogrammetry.

Lastly, you could 3D scan your model with structured light to get an exact digital  replica. Similarly, you can use photogrammetry to build an exact 3D replica using DSLR cameras and high-resolution photography. If you are building a 3D model of a structure or an environment you can utilize a drone to cover all of the angles; however this does take great skill and patience to get it right. 

Need a 3D model of an extra-large subject? Start with Lidar 3D scanning.

At TNG we are expert practitioners of all methods of 3D scanning for all assets, from head scans to environments. Call us with any questions you may have about capturing your assets in 3D.  

3D Scanning for Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality has found its place in the consumer market as indicated by Sony's PSVR sales, which easily beat its estimates of one million units sold within six months of the October 13, 2016 launch date. Prior to this success many critics presumed that this batch of VR would be more of a gimmick, without any true staying-power, and that the somewhat cumbersome weight of the headsets would discourage adoption by a loyal fan base.

Sony PSVR headset.

Sony's price tag  ($400+) has established them as the leader in an expensive category, and they have done a great job of keeping the first wave of customers happy by adding features to the PSVR, such as the ability to watch 3D Blue Ray movies on the headset. 

Occulus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR.

We are looking forward to working more within the VR platform as it matures and expands genres from games into tv, film internet and even e-commerce. 3D scanning creates extremely accurate digital assets for VR, including super-fine skin and pore detail on faces, intricate fabric details on clothing (seams, pockets, collars) and environments, all captured perfectly for fantastic VR experiences.

Lidar interior scan, lit.

At TNG Visual Effects we can 3D scan characters, objects and environments for any VR project, prepare the data, surface and retopologize it to custom specifications with texture maps of any size, along with the normal map, displacement map, and the evenly diffuse map. Give us a call!

"...The projects were delivered with such precision of timing and quality that there is no doubt in my mind that experience and attention to detail are key assets for Nick Tesi and his group. You guys rock!" 
--Andrea Montambeault, Head of Advertising / Rodeo Visual Effects

"...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, President / Stargate Studios

TNG Visual Effects: Mobile 3D Scanning to Your Location from Seven Key Cities
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