TNG Visual Effects    

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February 2014 - Vol 4            

  Issue 2             


Two clones, one heart.

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TNG Visual Effects 3D scanning systems allow us to serve your production locally in Canada and the U.S. See map below for locations.

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TNG Visual Effects is a 3D scanning company in the entertainment industry that specializes in the creation of photo-realistic 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. 


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 a moments notice for a project. Exclusive use of highly mobile scanning systems allow for TNG to perform scans in practically any location. Express Scanning.








A Note From Our Founder

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Nick Tesi

TNG Visual Effects Founder


Happy Valentine's Day! In the name of love and of two hearts coming together to make one, we are having a two-for-one Valentine's Day special that will run until February 14th. The special is for two full body and head scans for the price of one (and no tricks like one body with two heads, LOL). And don't worry, you don't have to be Valentine's to get the deal!

This has been a great year so far so lets keep it going. We have purchased new equipment to stay fresh and current.

We are always looking at new technology and software to keep the quality of our service at the highest level, and to accelerate our pipeline. This is tricky at times, but we do our best to make it happen. 


We continue looking for partners who are synergistic to our service, and who can help our customers and theirs through more savings and better products. Contact us for more information.   


I wish you all a great February, a loving Valentine, and for all those up for  nominations, congratulations and good luck! We all win when we work together.
"I've worked with Nick Tesi several times now and have had a wonderful experience every time. He has provided an excellent quality of customer service and attention to detail at a competitive price. The scans we received for our 3D models were incredibly clean and precise. Our artists were very pleased with the level of detail and quality in the files we received, and our client's were extremely thrilled with the final result. If I ever had a scanning work it is no question who to call - Nick Tesi is the best."

-Laura Jones
VFX Producer, Zoic Studios 


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The Process      

 Our Valentine's Day

Cyber Fencer


Over the past week we've been working with a very talented fencer who has been using her techniques in the MoCap (Motion Capture) industry. We have been in the process of bringing MoCap back into our line of service to compliment our existing services and have been looking forward to adding motion capture to her.


With every production or project, we explain to the talent what we will be doing to scan their image. We begin with a photo session to capture reference photos we later use during the texture process.


With our fencing talent, we had a session to 3D scan her full body, capture facial expressions and scan different outfits to setup for MoCap. The scan data is then processed, re-topologized, uv'd and textured.




We will be creating a video with our fencing talent so make sure to visit our YouTube Channel in the next few months to see the final full action product!


Insurance Scanning     

Have You Thought About
Insurance Scanning?


What do we mean when we say insurance scanning? It means to have 3D scan data available on any model you may need due to unforeseen circumstances during the length of your project. This data comes in handy most commonly during post, when you realize there are shots that need to be inserted or changed.




There are other instances as well, such as the main or supporting talent becomes ill or has an accident preventing them from finishing the project. This is where the doubles and digital doubles  are called in to complete the project (especially if the project is more that 50% complete and would be too expensive to start over with new talent).


Whitney Singing  Full Body 3D Scan


Another idea is to scan each set that is used in your project before you strike it. Some or all of the data can be used in pre-vis as well as in the project, but the bottom line is knowing you have the scan data available as a backup in case you need it. Other items that can be scanned and archived are vehicles, buildings, props and animals.




This service is inexpensive when compared to the alternative. Contact us for more information or if you have questions.


Scanning Children and Animals

Working with Children

and Animals is a Breeze... 


Scanning children and animals is the real fun part of our work. They come with no pre-conceived notions and go through the process without much complaint. However, if you are not patient with the wonderment the talent finds in the new experience, it can seem annoying.


  3D Scan of 8 year old girl.


As you do your best going over the process they are about to go through, you will find that both child and animal will have the same reaction of tilting their head and looking at you quizzically. Eventually the child will partially understand, but the animal, well, it will only be interested in its next treat.




Children are a lot easier to work with than you can imagine. They like to ride around on the turntable and as long as there is not real distraction, like seeing their shadow on the wall, they will stay still long enough for you to complete the scan. However, if you are on set, bring a book and your patience as the children have a lot of duties like mandatory tutoring, nap time, etc. It's a bit different than working with an adult.  


       Original          Solid Model       Texture with          Final 


Animals are a different story. Everything depends on their attention span and how well they were trained. They react to their trainer but are unfortunately distracted by mother nature at times. We have found the smaller animals tend to be more nervous and don't have the highest attention span, and although they may have been trained, they haven't necessarily been trained to stay still.


Another factor is the type of hair the animal has, which can be a deal maker or a deal breaker. If the hair is smooth and evenly layered, it makes it workable and helps create an environment for a great scan. But, if it is more like a Pomeranian, you will need to get the clippers out!


The most sought out animals to scan have been dogs and horses followed by cats and a few other slower, more lethargic animals like the Elephant. 


3D Scanned with Lidar like equipment, retopolized and textured.  


Thank You

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.


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