3D Scanning Services  




         December 2015 - Vol 5           

                                         Issue 12         


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TNG Visual Effects Los Angeles, and 
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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Here we are at the end of another year. The good news is Christmas is coming. A fun and holy time, a time for gift giving and volunteering your time possibly feeding others at a shelter, or maybe taking a well deserved vacation.

We are busy like the elves at the North Pole and that's the way we like it.

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.

Full body 3D scanned and textured model.
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3D Scanned with Lidar like equipment, retopolized and textured.
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.
When You're Hot, You're Hot

Building multi-layered 3D models, whether you begin with a 3D scanned model or a character modeled from scratch, takes a little planning at the start. The first thing to find out is if the character will be wearing layers of clothing such as a shirt, vest and jacket, and if those items will be removed during a scene. An example would be a character needing to increase in size with clothes ripping off or if they need to transform into an animal or monster. What will the under layers need to look like to make the transition more believable?
Our Fireman above has many layers. From his mask and asbestos shielding pants and jacket to his air tank, helmet, and gloves, there is a lot going on. (On a side note, just looking at their gear lets us see how truly brave they need to be.) 

We 3D scanned this fireman in our studio in Los Angeles. Knowing we were going to build out a variety of digital doubles using this model, we first scanned him in his basic uniform and without facial gear. 
Taking the raw scan data, we stitched it up and began building out and texturing the first 3D model.
We then scanned him in his more detailed firefighter uniform and gear.  Layer after layer we built him into the image you see below in his full get-up.
Layers are very important and help keep consistency with the character.
Another example of a character in layered clothing is a mobster-type, like the one pictured below. Sam is dressed in a layered suit, but could also have a gun and holster underneath. To add layers even further, we could include a tank top beneath his shirt and some tattoos.
The idea here is to first find the need for the character, then find out what small details are needed to keep the storytelling going?

We do our best during a 3D scanning session to point out the parts that should be scanned, just in case. It is more time-consuming and expensive to try and figure out what is needed the day of the shoot.
 Last Minute 3D Scanning?

You wouldn't think something like 3D scanning would be an afterthought or that it could be done last minute. But you would be surprised at how many of our customers call us asking for a 3D scanning session within a day or two of the call. Sometimes the need isn't realized until it becomes obvious the story line calls for it.
The question is can a 3D scanning session happen last minute? The answer is yes! Our equipment is small and portable and allows us to bring it to any location needing 3D scanning. We go on site most often, but from time to time the talent will come to our studio in Los Angeles. Typically it is not the 3D scanning part that can lock you up, unless of course the talent suddenly becomes unavailable. What can become time-consuming, however is the clean up and polish.
As with many companies in this industry, when we are called on a bigger job we work with contractors to assist us with the project. The contractors work under our guidance to keep all work secure and to keep the quality at its highest level. With smaller projects we find our core group to be sufficient.

When deciding to work on last minute needs for 3D scanning, be sure to do a thorough check of the company you select. Compare your options not only for quality but delivery time as well.
Technology Is Accelerating & Helping Us Live Smarter

Usually we talk about 3D scanning and visual effects and how the two connect. But let's take a moment and talk about technology today. Do you think we have seen it all? Look at where we are already. We can ask the devices in our pockets what the weather is, for a phone number, for directions, to send someone a text, and the list goes on. It takes us back to an earlier episode of Star Trek where Scotty tries to talk to a Mac computer.
Cars are finally starting to catch up with our expectations. Maybe we haven't discovered how to make them fly yet, but they are driving themselves. Tesla has jumped out with their version of getting on the highway and letting the car steer itself, change lanes and slow you down before you hit the car in front of you. 
For those tailgaters not driving a Tesla, maybe the break lights will flash "SLOW DOWN." 

We've also noticed more cars coming out with parallel parking assist. By the time we have to give up our licenses, cars will drive themselves!

Another technology that could be coming our way is Corning's vision of the future. In their video "A Day Made of Glass," they highlight a multitude of benefits of having the ability to easily transfer video from one surface to another. Click on the picture.
We are in for some real treats in the not so distant future. In fact, we are getting little tastes of them now. For those of you that take some time to adopt to change, there's always the option of moving to the country and living in a cabin. :)

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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