TNG Visual Effects

3D Scanning - Mocap   

April 2012 - Vol 3   

Issue 04    

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TNG Visual Effects

Main Office - Los Angeles




About TNG Visual Effects




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. They have worked on commercials, TV shows, and films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2; GI Joe 2: Retaliation; Vamps; Knight & Day; Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D and Underworld: Awakening, to name a few.  


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 the drop of a hat" for a project. Exclusive use of highly mobile scanning systems allow for TNG to perform scans in practically any location. Express Scanning.     




North American Productions

  Battle Ship to scan

TNG Visual Effects mobile 3D scanning systems allow us to serve your production locally in Canada and the U.S. See map in the article titled "Spanning the Continent" for specific locations. 

What can we replicate for you?




Battle Ship to scan 








Artisans Create 3D


Battle Ship to scan

Jeffrey Ian Wilson

3D Artist  ▓ Technical Innovator 


The digital artist is a specialist who provides a critical element to the process of turning creative thought into reality. TNG fuses the various elements of technology, artistry and community to meet our customers needs for accurate 3D models.  


We are pleased to have Jeffrey Ian Wilson on our team. With over 18 years in the field of 3D, Jeff brings the type of knowledge and experience that is useful in copious areas of the creative process. He supports artists generating reference materials, textures and geometry by finding ways to obtain scan data more rapidly and accurately than ever. He also provides high level support by way of training and mentoring to artists in need. Jeff brings a new kind of innovative voracity to  3D scanning. 


How Would You Like Your Assets Delivered?


You are using more digital assets created by many different means. Our unique ability to provide last minute 3D scans for a wide range of objects coupled with various delivery options is no secret. As a way to fully meet your production needs, TNG Visual Effects remains the most flexible option for 3D scanning services in the entertainment industry as we're able to be anywhere you need us. So what exactly can we deliver? 


Female Warrior



Scalable Base Mesh

We are developing a base mesh that will feature an adjustable resolution to save production the cost and time currently associated with processing models at multiple resolutions. The texture map may also be very requested at varying resolutions.


Bits and Subsamples for Texture Maps

Ordering high resolution models will allow you the ability to subsample as needed (for example, foreground and background characters or objects for film and media). Another area of flexibility lies in the ability to choose whether the texture will be 8-bits or 16-bits. 16-bit texture maps have more color information, allowing us to supply you with a well-defined, striking texture to go with your 3D model. For contrast, an 8-bit image has 16.8 million color possibilities, however a 16-bit image has 281 trillion color possibilities! [] The higher level of color information allows for more photo manipulation and control without degradation.


Range of Specs

If you have a number of modelers at your command to develop your character/s, we can give you clean, raw meshes, and they can extrapolate upon them. You will also get buildings, vehicles, props, and anything else you need scanned delivered to your specifications.


Beyond Raw Mesh

Our team is staffed by talented artists who are sculptors, modelers, and texture specialists. They will get you started with 3D scans and see your models through to the level of detail you've requested. Your call, raw to ready-to-rig. 


The future begins today. Let us give you the best digital assets available for your time, money, location, and exact specifications. There are many solutions, but few will meet all the parameters that define your needs. Our team of scan technicians and artists are here to ensure you get what you need. Let us be your catalyst from concept to reality. 


What Moves You?  


Cars often require visual effects thus the need for digital models of cars. They're a hot item for many video games, commercials and feature films. Vehicles seem to be our passion. Scanning cars is an exciting process. Previously, it had been a time consuming effort to maintain proportions and avoid any form of distortion. However, with our newer technology objects are captured with their correct proportions. This is accomplished when adequate time and space is provided upon the initial capture of data. 


As culture changes, the cars change, and so we aim to provide high quality 3D scans. Our crew has a love for working on cars. There are a number of ways to get digital vehicles. You can get the Autocad files, and build off of the cad files provided, typically by the car manufacturer (though they're not always available). We have heard some companies swear by them and their specs. Another possible avenue is to buy them off the internet. You need to be very critical here as they may not be the best models, but you may just find what you're looking for. Lastly you can have them scanned, which is helpful if there is no cad data or model available. 


Full Scale Locomotive built 1864 



We have scanned and processed cars, trains, buses, and planes. We're able to scan most types of vehicles as size is clearly not an issue.  What may be an issue is time and accessibility. These are our requirements to give you the vehicle you want at the quality you want.


Likewise for buildings, both the interior and exterior, time and accessibility are vital to provide the quality data that you require. Our environmental 3D scanner takes colored pictures for reference, and we also do a photo shoot that will give you a texture map to be proud of, or at least excellent high-resolution reference pictures.


Using our low-profile laser scanner helps us stay mobile, and helps us get to those locations that you need digitally captured.  We're even able to scan on ground that is not flat as we have an inclinometer that accounts for uneven ground. Give us a call. We'll be charging our lasers so that when you give the word, we'll be there to replicate your sets, vehicles and environments.
Battle Ship to scan
Full Scale Aircraft


 Spanning the Continent 
Battle Ship to scan
Expansion Plans for 2012

We are in the process of expanding our business across the United States and across Canada to better serve the entertainment industry. Too many times, we have lost projects based on the cost of the travel it would take to get there as well as the tax incentive issue. Both of these problems persuade the studio, production house, and game studio to try local services first to keep the budget in line.


The new way of the market is to be as close to production as possible. The second challenge will be consistent quality.  We have a few ideas, but will not push forward until we get the quality we need for the user.


We are looking to add facial performance capture, hair, cloth simulation, and rigging, based on our ability to partner up with synergistic companies of Mocap technologies. The future is digital and we are constantly looking for better ways to bring you the services that help you stay on time and on budget. 



What our clients have to say:

"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, Vice President of Creative Services at STARGATE STUDIOS


In Conclusion 

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.


TNG Visual Effects
Ph:     877.879.2040
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