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

August 2017
Volume 8  Issue 8

Digital Doubles that Watch for Trouble
Liz Head scan and expressions
  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. 

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 flying buy, we enjoyed the fireworks, barbecues and celebrations - and have the sun burns to prove it.  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.

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.

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.

Heads and Digital Expressions
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. 

We are now looking at a faster moving market of projects, budgets and quality. As we sweep the market for better solutions to give you the above objectives we are also keeping in mind that it needs to be mobile. As much as we would like everyone to come to our studio, it is not always possible due to time constraints of talent, wardrobe and makeup, director needs and just plain cost of moving talent around.

The 3D Portable Face Scanner is a  full-body photogrammetry scanning rig system.

The solution is to pack up our system and come to you. Our system is ready to shoot when the talent is ready or available with minimum usage of their time. The clean-up of all these scans did not go away, especially for the quality needed, however we working on those solutions as well. It is an expensive and demanding service, but it needs to be done and with the changing technologies constantly turning our heads to see the newest thing out there, you need to be wary of the deliverable and the quality needed.

As the Photogrammetry is a leading tech that gives a lot of advantages, it is not the only tech we use as it is not easy to take to sets for just a few body models. However, our head unit is and we have put our specific requests into the maker for just this reason.  Look at the quality and consider it for your next project, at our house   or yours.
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.

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.  

3D Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality has gained its legs in the last 9 months as PSVR dominated the market, leaving The HTC Vive and Occulus Rift with a much smaller base (2-4x smaller). That said, PSVR is still a very small blip on the radar.

It would seem the nature of the fully encompassing headsets are ultimately not user-friendly enough for   Virtual Reality  to catch on like wildfire at the moment.

Into the room walks Augmented Reality, which is mostly on smart phones, and lets you enhance your perception of reality such as Pokemon Go, where you travel in the real world to locations which will spawn monsters for you to fight and collect. To make this even more impressive we look to the future technology called Mixed Reality.

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.

For the time being, Augmented Reality takes the cake. Virtual Reality experiences are great - but the replayability factor drops by the way side, meanwhile Augmented Reality on mobile smart devices allow people to:
  1. Play the game anywhere
  2. Interact socially with people in your community and neighboring communities
  3. Maintain a digital avatar that represents you by it's name, clothing, and experience (executing game mechanics).

Augmented Reality appears to be able to bring together large groups of people from diverse backgrounds who are friendly and willing to cooperatively play a strategic game together in real time. Game communities will emerge from any sort of game on any platform, but the power of an Augmented Reality game along with people seeking a common goal has created a sort of living arcade in each of our cities.

"...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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