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

September 2017
Volume 8  Issue 9

Digital Doubles that's Child's Play
  Digital Doubles  from Raw to Ready-to-Rig for the Entertainment Industry

3D Bodies, Props, & Buildings Since 2010 
TNG Building
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. 
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 

September is here, OK kids, see you after school. School open houses, oh no, got to get back to work. This is the month to prepare to finish your 3rd quarter and get ready for the 4th quarter.  Let us know if there is anything you need, as I already put back-up systems in motion.

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 your post summer,  we will be here  3D scanning between Labor Day and Christmas throughout North America.

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

Through the looking glass.

The Tesi T-2000.

Fighting out of L. A. - Angie the TNG Tempest.

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.

Expressive Children
Working with children in the past used to be quite the challenge. They were not that savvy on new tech and it was pretty hard to keep them in one place. It's that natural curiosity that they displayed so well. They really weren't that bad, but now it is easy to capture them in all their childhood and wardrobe.

Photogrammetry has come a long way in our ability to capture a model in a fraction of a second. Now it is like capturing our kids on holidays, Did they tilt their head, cross their eyes, blink of do something that is not use full? 
This is the big plus, like using your camera, you just shoot another picture. 
Unfortunately, it still takes time to process and prepare the workflow that will take 3-5 days based on complexity.
We really do like to work with kids as everything is new and for the most part they are looking to cooperate.  This system  is for heads and expressions (love those  expressions , even the ones not called for)
Of course we also work with adults, same rules, no squirming around or chewing gum. No talking on the cell when in the scanning chair.
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 .

Lidar and Photogrammetry
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.  

Mixed Reality
From my perspective of watching this market my favorite MR device is the Hololens

First of all, I like the ability to not trip over items and be able to see what is around me. It makes me feel safer, plus adding the bringing of holograms into the real world in full size is amazing.  
I also like that it is not tethered to anything, that you are walking around without wires to get tangled on other objects or you own feet.
I see how Volvo using the technology is not only helping the design and look at the different layers, but also in sales and marketing to educate their customers on their car to show what they are made of and how safe they are because of how they are built, plus the safety features. 

They also show some game playing scenarios, but far better to be used in a real world environment to learn, discover and understand the world around us. Videos available to see by going to Hololens.  

Microsoft Hololens
The end goal appears to be Mixed Reality as the main technology for media experiences. Mixed Reality is about interacting in the real world but with holographic 3D assets superimposed by transparent lenses. Considering Virtual Reality still has a relatively small footprint, we're seemingly years away from Mixed Reality going mainstream.

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.

"...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

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