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Volume 6 Issue 11

Christmas with Content
A LiDAR 3D Scanned Christmas Train can take you Virtually Anywhere!

International Connections
US and Canadian Flages

TNG Visual Effects US and Canada combine to make a
network of
3D scanning services available to the entire North American entertainment industry. We specialize in the creation of photo-realistic digital assets. Many characters
, vehicles, sets, props, animals, sculptures, and environments have been added to our scope of work since our inception in 2010. 
TNG Building
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 for a project to many North American locations - call us for your next 3D scanning project, we are here to make you look good!
TNG: Making You Look Good Since 

Nick Tesi , Founder TNG Visual Effects


It's Christmas time again! I love this time a year, but it comes all too fast and before you notice it is in your rear view mirror.  I keep trying to close down between holidays but we get too busy and end up working through it.  It is still a joyous time and all of us at TNG wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

At TNG, we are developing more techniques in relation to 
3D scanning to give you even better 3D models. We are pushing deeper into photogrammetry and looking at drones to expand our offerings along with our already crack team of high-tech scanners, skilled modelers, and quick mobility. 


We are always researching new technology and software to keep the quality of our service at the highest level, and to accelerate our pipeline. We do our best to provide a great product to our customers. 

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Find TNG on  Yelp! Check out our Yelp video below to get a behind-the-scenes closer look at our 3D scanning studio:

TNG Visual Effects: A Closer Look at a 3D Scanning Studio

A Closer Look at a 3D Scanning Studio
Structured Light Scanning Gallery
At TNG Visual Effects we use Artec hand-held scanners to do structured light scanning heads, bodies and props.

Zombies are some of the most fun 3D characters to build.
3D Bukido characters.
3D scan and texture of Ericka, our human intern.
Click here to see a video of Bryan the Viking's 3D scanning session.

Photogrammetry Gallery
Photogrammetry can be used for environments and subjects of all sizes.
Pumpkin 3D model captured with photogrammetry using 116 camera positions.

Photogrammetry model of a building  on the Redondo Beach Pier.

Photogrammetry models of the Point Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro, CA.
LiDAR Gallery
LiDAR  is used for 3D scanning environments and large objects.
Faro - Vegas
LiDAR scan of a building
Large buildings and structures are scanned 
with LiDAR.
LiDAR 3D scan of a Airplane
LiDAR  is used for 3D scanning environments and large objects.
3D Scanned with Lidar like equipment, retopolized and textured.
LiDAR scan of an Elephant 
LiDAR with Photogrammetry
3D scanning became a known technology when in 1971 Apollo 15 used it to map the surface of the moon. Today it is used in a number of industries; architecture, industrial, law enforcement, medicine and geology, just to name a few.  In the entertainment industry we have used it to 3D scan large subjects like cars, trucks, airplanes, statues, structures , buildings, and environments.   
When it comes to buildings, LiDAR s canning has also been handy in mapping the interior in order to build an environment that can be digitally walked through; or to visualize and digitally show where walls will be moved during a restructure.

Recently a new trend is emerging which pairs LIDAR scanning with photogrammetry to get the best of both worlds. 

With photogrammetry many (sometimes hundreds of) digital images are processed by a software program which aligns them all, creating a point cloud.  From there we build a mesh and ultimately a photorealistic model. During this process t he scale is arbitrary until a measurement is defined. 

By combining these two technologies we hope to advance the way that we build 3d models for the entertainment industry, harnessing the best aspects available with today's tools.

TNG  in the Media
We 3D scan and model lots of non-human and unusual characters, including the pigs and wolves in this anti-smoking campaign directed at teens.

The Real Cost Commercial

See the separate components of this 
Moto Z phone tumble through space and come together in this fun animation. TNG Visual Effects did the scanning and texturing in preparation for the commercial that you see here.

Moto Z Play Commercial
Moto Z Play Commercial
The Drones are Coming!
Historically the high cost of renting LiDAR equipped aircraft has been prohibitive, keeping the use of this extremely useful technology to a minimum.  Only projects with big budgets could schedule airborne LiDAR scans regularly. However with today's drone capabilities we now have a new alternative to film from what was previously considered a somewhat inaccessible perspective for many budgets.

There are so many benefits of drones across a variety of sectors.  Every week, we read about many new benefits of using drones in science, agriculture, construction, marketing, archaeology, conservation and the environment. They are saving lives, time, and money.
Nick Tesi investigating a new drone model.

  Today drones have a more practical effect on our lives.  Drone innovation and technology have improved immensely. Combining improved drone technology with existing technology (cameras, infrared sensors, 3D mapping and software) has given researchers, scientists, universities, and businesses new avenues for their use. In the very near future drones will be used to provide updates on weather, to assist fire and rescue teams and even to locate live land-mines.

DJI Phantom 2 Drone.

Creating precise 3D imaging of large monuments, sculptures and buildings is a growing sector where drones are being used.  They can be used in films, gaming and modeling. A great example is mapping Christ the Redeemer and inspecting for damage on the the highest freestanding structure Emley Tower in the UK, keeping workers safe.
At TNG Visual Effects we are always investigating and adopting any new technology that will help us fulfill our customer's 3D scanning needs, and we look forward to seeing how drones will fit into our pipeline.
Building a Human Experience
Building the human is nearly an every day experience for us here at TNG as that is what is most in demand.  

When you, as a producer or VFX Supervisor, approach this as a task, you must decide if you should use the live character, a stand-in model, or a 3D Scan.  Deciding factors include budget, action to be performed and if the project really needs the scene. 

If you choose the digital route, the search then commences to  find a company that will give you the best 3D model for the best price and on time. 
3D character scanned, modeled and textured by 

Unless you already have a reliable vendor that does all your work Google is of course your largest database to ask questions about nearly everything including 3D scanning and who is available in your area. Do a search for 3D scanning services and see who is in your area, and what their portfolio looks like. Then to get a bid on specifically what you need. Remember to include expressions, costume changes and any props.

3D Angel City Derby girl character scanned, modeled and textured by TNG.

Don't forget to ask for availability and delivery, two very important questions, (especially if you need the models on short notice.)

3D characters are getting much more refined these days, and it's nice to have a vetted go-to source established. 

Good luck with your future projects and let us know if you have any of those questions, we are always here to help.

Turntable of a 3D scanned human head.

Turntable of a 3D scan
Turntable of 3D scanned character.

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