3D Scanning Services for the entertainment industry. Our locations include Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Montreal. Character scans are available as well as props, vehicles, buildings, or entire environments. We utilize structured-light, LIDAR, and photogrammetry.
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Welcome to TNG Visual Effects

TNG Visual Effects provides 3D scanning services to the visual effects industry. 3D scanning is the process of digitally capturing a person, object, vehicle, building, or environment for use in film, telelvsion, video games, etc. We've also lent our services to other industries for 3D printing and for marketing merchandise and art. This service can be used for crime scene investigation, the creation of prosthetics, and to build out a virtual experience online.

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With over 10 years of experience in the 3D scanning industry, we have honed our technique in 3D scanning alongside the production crews on set. Our service includes a professional photo shoot, which is necessary for both color textures and reference to ensure accuracy of the real-life counterpart.

We are highly mobile and can bring our services to any location. Our headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, with satellite locations in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Lafayette, Louisiana. We are also expanding into New York, Toronto and Montreal. As veterans in this industry, we understand short time-frames and tight budgets.

The data we provide in our full service is retopoligized color textured 3d models in .OBJ format with displacement maps and normal maps, which are generated through the scan data for more accurate results. Other maps are available on request, and at any dimensions you may need (even 8k).

 3D Scanning Pipeline for VFX:

TNG VFX 3D Scanning Pipeline


Every project begins with shooting reference images with a professional lighting setup including DSLR camera/s. We use a light strobe system along with large diffuse boxes to provide soft even light to reduce highlights and shine, and to eliminate shadows. This allows the end-user to be able to use any type of lighting (matching the real world, or its 3D environment counterpart). We have over a decade of experience shooting photography for 3D, which involves shooting many orthographic views for optimal 3D reference which can be imported or overlaid. Pictures can also provide a scale reference as we'll use measuring tape on props and human features to ensure 1:1 scale.

Scan Data

Another assessment to make in the beginning is to decide what type of 3D scanning technology to use. Being veterans in the field, we have experience with structured light 3D scanners, laser 3D scanners, and photography based 3D scanning (photogrammetry). The decision to use one technology over another depends on the size of the object or person to be scanned, the size of the environment, the requirements for an accurate texture to geometry ratio, the material of the object, and lastly the allotted time for 3D scanning on said production as well as the time of day (lasers can operate in darkness - photogrammetry can't operate in darkness). For humans, we primarily use structured light and photogrammetry as some lasers can have safety issues with human eyes.

Low Poly Cage

After acquiring the scan data and reference photography, we use a custom built low poly mesh in the shape of a human head, and we project (or shrinkwrap) this custom built mesh (we call it the Average Man) to the newly acquired scan data. We start increasing the low poly cage's poly count to retain more of the details from the original scan data. We call this stage Retopology.

Normal Map

Having very high poly count 3D objects on your screen can slow down a computer and/or rendering system, and thus normal maps and displacement maps create the illusion of a high poly count 3D asset, whilst allowing the actual 3D asset to have a low poly count. It fakes the lighting of bumps and dents.

Displacement Map

Creating even extra detail in addition to the Normal Map, the Displacement map is an alternative to Normal Maps or can be used in junction. The actual geometric position of points are displaced, creating a great sense of depth and detail, permitting self-occlusion, self-shadowing, and silhouettes.

High Poly Cage

An extension of the low poly cage is the final resulting high poly cage. This 3D model is high poly (millions of polys), and can be rendered without the Normal Map and Displacement Map, and still carry all of the detail. Depending on how the data's being rendered, it's sometimes a preferred luxury. This is where the sculpting detail takes place. And at the final step, the Normal Map and Displacement Map are generated for its low poly counterpart.


3D scans can be supplied with or without color, but for accuracy you want to ensure the geometry and texture line up correctly. The structured light scanners and laser scanners require full re-texturing of objects or humans. Those types of scanners do have some color capturing ability, but certainly not comparable to a DSLR camera with a professional lighting setup. There's much more megapixels to be captured than the ones automatically captured on those devices. Photogrammetry will embed the texture directly into the geometry. We will touch up the texture to ensure there's no blurriness, seams, or low resolution pieces.


The Render is the final step of all 3D artwork. Once your 3D scan is completely processed, you can render it in any environment with any number or types of lights and at any camera focal length. This is what will be composited into the shot. There's an entire host of specializations such as setting up elaborate skin shaders, using sub surface scattering, ambient occlusion, and many other techniques.


"This is the fourth time Rodeo FX asked TNG VFX for some help with character scanning. The challenges were always high in terms of expectations and in the type of clients. Projects were delivered with such precision of time and quality that there are no doubts in my mind that experience and attention to details make for valuable assets for Nick Tesi and his group."

Andre U Montambeault
Rodeo FX

"Nick and TNG have provided an important service for the Visual Effects team on Sleepy Hollow throughout Season 1. TNG's scanning mobility has proven essential to enable scans to take place on location in North Carolina, to be used later by VFX artists back in California. The quality of the mobile scan models is indistinguishable from the more ideal scanning conditions of in-studio scans. We look forward to future work with Nick and his team."

Eddie Bonin, VFX Producer
Sleepy Hollow - Season 1

"I just contracted Nick Tesi and TNG for digital doubles required on an ABC television pilot. Nick has been my go to guy when it comes to digital doubles for years now. As always the work was exceptional and in this case he upped his game once more. The level of quality to the scans and textures has grown better and better every time we work together. It’s because of that fact and their ability to turn around the cleaned up data quickly is why I continually go back to Nick and TNG time and time again."

Mark Kolpack, VFX Supervisor
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pop Media:

Legion (Marvel Comics TV Series 2017-)

A young man with super powers, who is the son of a prominant Mutant, has multiple personalities which manifest as imaginary people that only he can see and hear:

  • We 3D scanned three characters for use in CG VFX, including one highly irregular character.

 Legion Official Trailer #1 [HD] | An Original Series From FX and Marvel


Campbell's (Soup Commercials)

TNG Visual Effects is proud to present three commercials featuring Campbell’s soup in which we did all of the 3D scanning and photography of the vegetables via Photogrammetry (dozens were captured). Man VS Machine, a design and motion studio created the kaleidoscope effect along with the CG lighting and shading. It was a fun challenge to work with real food to create extremely realistic assets. We prepared for it by picking up a different vegetable or fruit from the grocery store every morning leading up to the project to further develop the quality and technique. An especially hard challenge was the leaf of Kale, which took a different technique to capture.

  Legion Official Trailer #1 [HD] | An Original Series From FX and MarvelWell Yes! Italian Vegetables with Farro Soup 








New Well Yes! Soups



A different type of superhero - an anti-hero, Deadpool has just launched into the theatre with a slapstick style comedy with cinematic violence. This R-rated movie has already broken records at the box office with $132.7 million on Fri-Sun, and is on its way to being part of the top 10 highest grossing R-rated movies domestically. The character Deadpool was initially created in the Marvel universe in 1991 by comic book artist Rob Liefeld, and the witty writer who personifies Deadpool, Fabian Nicieza. Another collaboration these two created is the X-Men team X-Force, which we'd love to see in the cinematic scene as well.

  • 3D scanning was utilized for part of the introduction to be able to marry close-ups, deformations, stunts, and time transformation.



The 2016 Honda Civic - "The Dreamer"

The all-new 2016 Civic Sedan has been completely reimagined with sleek new curves. The visual effects are by Roof Studio and RPA. TNG VFX provided the scan of the Honda engineer, and the building interior of the room along with furniture.



Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

We get a behind-the-scenes look at the debut of a new character. Mark Kolpack speaks about the intricacies, and how we was able to create a powerful scene of cinematic quality.

  • the user of prosthetics
  • the use of 3d scanning
  • full body motion capture
  • facial motion capture
  • attention to detail



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