3D Scanning Services  




         September 2015 - Vol 5           

                                            Issue 9         



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TNG Visual Effects Los Angeles, and 
TNG Visual Effects Canada, Inc. , 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 our scope of work since inception in 2009. 

Our 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. We are also highly noted for our 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. 

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Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter. Now that Summer and Labor Day are behind us, we are all well rested and ready to get down to business.   With only 4 months to go until 2016, the clock is ticking to make it another great year in the world of VFX!

At TNG, we are developing more techniques in relation to 3D scanning to give you better models. We are getting deeper into developing cars and products to expand our markets with our high-tech scanners, skilled modelers, and our 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. 

We continue our search for partners who are synergistic to our service. Together we can help our customers save more while using better products. Contact us for more information.

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Digital Doubles in Film &  TV

At times an actor can be cast in a film or television series becasue they resemble a celebrity. Maybe they are hired as a body double, a lookalike, or a family member. But what if the character needs to perform a series of stunts that even a professional stunts person can't do?

Computer generated elements have been used in films since the 1960s, but it was in the 1980s where we really started to see more visual and special effects being used.  Tron was actually the first film to have an extensive use of 3D CGI and very early facial animation.

Using a digital cha racter, or digital double, can give a scene more flexibility when being filmed. With the help of visual effects, a character can be thrown off buildings, set on fire, shot, broken into particles, and can morph into anything. The best part is you can do take after take until the scene has met your expectation.

We believe in time digital doubles will be integrated with real talent and will be undetected. Between 3D scanning, texturing and motion capture, we're working towards creating a completely virtual/augmented reality viewable through tools like the Oculus Rift.

We look forward to knowing your needs for digital doubles and helping you create an immersive experience for your audience.

3D Scanning the World
Are you building a partial environment or perhaps an entire city for your project?  As technology gets better and we look to create more and more digital assets, it is just a matter of taking things from the real world and bringing them into the digital world.

You can re-create a city and populate the streets with vehicles from a certain era or go back 10 to 15 years for a variety. This can also work for planes, trains and other types of vehicles. You can also 3D scan props such as weapons and instruments (musical, medical, industrial, etc.) and insert them into the environment.

The questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to use digital assets are:
  • Can it blend into the project?
  • Can it be lit to the environment?
  • Is it scalable or is the right scale coming in?
There are some challenges that come along with 3D scanning. For example, it is difficult to 3D scan hair, shiny materials/objects and scanning translucent or transparent items need extra care. It can be done but you need to make sure the realistic factor is not lost in the process.

At some point most of what you see on screen will be fed by large databases of composited or edited digital content. 3D scanners will be more diverse and simple to use. Formats will not be an issue, nor will any other challenge we face with visual effects.  All we need to do is bridge that gap with time and development. 

 How Important Are
Local Vendors?

It is beneficial to use local vendors for projects especially if you are in an area that offers tax incentives. Local vendors save you on time and cost and are readily available for last minute changes such as shooting times and talent availability. If something goes wrong with their equipment it can be quickly recovered. However, the tax credit should not drive use if the company is not vetted and the quality could be compromised.

Character Line-up

We have noticed this trend happening around the world, and as a way to respond we've built alliances throughout North America to be a local presence in the market. As our 3D scanning projects come get closer to completion, the QC work is then reviewed  in Los Angeles to keep the quality consistent. This will guarantee the same quality in all parts of the continent. 

Our goal is to give quality work with great customer support at competitive pricing. It is our mission to help give you a reliable source for 3D scanning service throughout North America.

They are quick to respond to your call, text, or email.


They understand your needs and ask relevant questions.


$$   They do what they say they're going to do and in the time frame they commit to.


$$    They are more concerned about a win-win solution.


$$   There is a 100% guarantee for their service.

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. 

Nick Tesi
Founder & President

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