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The Scan Truck piano guys AR app AR pianist
The Scan Truck piano guys AR app AR pianist

AR Pianist App

It was such a pleasure working with world famous pianist Jon Schmidt and the Piano Guys on this breakthrough AR Pianist app. This futuristic tool brings us one step closer a world where AR is used to help make education fun and rewarding.  

The Piano Guys, Massive Technologies and The Scan Truck have generated a realistic avatar of Jon Schmidt to perform “with total visual and musical accuracy.” Smartphone or tablet users just need to fire up the AR Pianist app, point the device’s rear camera at any piano and the app will put Schmidt at the keyboard.

The app uses machine learning to place the virtual virtuoso at the piano within an accuracy of a centimeter, and the device holder can move around the space with six degrees of freedom to view his playing from any angle. If you want to get closer to the action, you can zoom in, and should you want to use the experience to learn from a master, playback can be slowed down by up to 100 times.

Scan truck 1979 les Paul custom tool
Scan truck 1979 les Paul custom tool

The Witness by Adam Jones Introduces The Gibson 1979 Les Paul Custom

Here at The Scan Truck, music is a huge part of our creative process. We are honored to contribute to our technology and skills in collaboration with one our favorite bands Tool and the legendary guitar craftsmen Gibson. What an opportunity to be part of this epic art project. The Scan Truck’s 3D scan of this complex guitar came out perfectly using a unique combination of 3d scanning technologies. You can see more details and view this guitar from more angles than you could with any physical camera.  

For the world premiere of the new Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, a special animated short film, “The Witness”, was created and scored by Adam and mixed by Joe Barresi. Adam was heavily involved in re-creating the new guitar, working with Gibson’s luthiers in Nashville, TN to ensure the instrument was a clone of his #1 guitar. Utilizing his extensive experience in visual art, special effects and design, Adam Jones is both the director of the majority of Tool’s music videos and creates the visual experience on stage for the band. The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab, led by Tom Murphy, then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.

Kawasaki product 3D scan and modeling by the Scan Truck mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles
Kawasaki product 3D scan and modeling by the Scan Truck mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles

Kawasaki Product Showcase!

We present to you another great way to produce content using 3D scanning. Filming commercials during the COVID-19 lock down was not an option, so Kawasaki and FUSE Interactive came to us. The solution was to 3D scan their brand new vehicles and create photo realistic animations to show off the features.

These UTV’s and motorcycles were some of the most bad ass vehicles we have ever 3D scanned. We used a combination of lidar and photogrammetry to get the maximum detail and texture quality. Working with FUSE Interactive team so fun and we love the final animations they crated!

Kawasaki product 3D scan and modeling by the Scan Truck mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles
Kawasaki product 3D scan and modeling by the Scan Truck mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles
Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel new video Past Life. VFX 3D scanning done by The Scan Truck, mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles
Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel new video Past Life. VFX 3D scanning done by The Scan Truck, mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles

Past Life – Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel

Such an incredible experience creating with Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel for this epic new video – Past Life. This is a great example of how to create content safely during COVID-19 Pandemic while practicing social distancing and using digital media and 3D scans. This method of utilizing computer graphics is not only safe, but it opens up infinite creative doors to your imagination!
In her recent Instagram post Selena describes her experience onboard The Scan Truck “Check out how we shot the Past Life music video while still social distancing. I stepped into it on my own and it scanned my face up close, which is why the music video looks so real! Sometimes technology and art are the perfect match.”

Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel new video Past Life. VFX 3D scanning done by The Scan Truck, mobile photogrammetry studio Los Angeles

It has been our mission to empower creatives through technology. It is so rewarding to see such incredible content being produced despite the current restrictions. Huge shout out to Iconoclast and Mathematic for their creativity and originality.

Did you notice The Scan Truck Easter Egg in the video??

UPDATE:
Business Insider released an amazing article about our “Spaceship on Wheels” and the use of 3D scanning for socially distanced content creation. Click here to read the full write up! Selena Gomez used a mobile 3D scanning ‘spaceship on wheels’ that trained 200 cameras on her to film her socially distant ‘Past Life’ music video.

The Scan Truck allowed the artist to shoot her music video and still abide by social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NFL Superbowl 3D Scanning by The Scan Truck Los Angeles
NFL Superbowl 3D Scanning by The Scan Truck Los Angeles

NFL Superbowl Lego Heads!

Most of our projects come from the VFX industry. Scanning actors for digital doubles and avatars is our specialty! However recently we have been busy scanning a variety of props, products and artifacts. One of the coolest recent projects came from NFL for the Superbowl. Our friends at NFL created fun sculptures of their top sportscasters made entirely out of Legos. We captured the Lego busts using structured light scanning and photogrammetry. Check out the result below: Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan!

COVID-19 RESPONSE

During these uncertain times productions that require gatherings can be risky. We are focusing on creating full CG content that can be produced safely and solve one of Hollywood’s current problems. We create hyper-realistic digital humans with endless real-time and animation capabilities. Our 3D scan sessions require only a few hours of talent’s time. Our mobile 3D scanning service can be conducted while maintaining a safe distance of 6 feet and wearing safety equipment.

We have extensive experience creating digital doubles for major Motion Pictures, Television and the Music Industry.  These avatars can be used in commercials, virtual appearances, concerts and digital marketing campaigns.  Our services include 3D scanning, processing, clean up, rigging and optimizing for animation.  We also provide mobile motion capture services to bring your character to life.  

We teamed up with former CIO/CTO of CAA Eric Iverson to demonstrate the ease of 3D scanning even with the safety measures in place. Please watch our safety video and explore some of our latest use cases with Will Smith and beyond.  Let us know if you have any questions or ideas you would like to explore with us! 

Black Widow

Feels great to wrap up another long term project for Marvel – “Black Widow”. In this action-packed spy thriller, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow is forced to confront her past and deal with her history as a spy. The Scan Truck crew had a blast working with Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour on 3D scanning and creating their digital doubles for VFX.

Unfortunately the release of the film has been delayed until November 6, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to see this picture on the big screen and will be patiently waiting for its release. In the meantime check out the official trailer below.

VFX 3D Scanning for Marvel Black Widow provided by the Scan Truck
VFX 3D Scanning for Marvel Black Widow provided by the Scan Truck
A.P.C. Brain Dead Fashion collaboration 3D Scanning by The Scan Truck on Location Eric Lloyd Wright House
A.P.C. Brain Dead Fashion collaboration 3D Scanning by The Scan Truck on Location Eric Lloyd Wright House

A.P.C. + Brain Dead = Future Shock

The Scan Truck is a fully self-sufficient 3D scanning studio on wheels! Our custom on-board generator provides enough juice to power a 210 DSLR photogrammetry camera array and a epic sound system! This means that we are able to go to where the production needs us. No location is too remote for The Scan Truck even if we have to pull some old fashioned off-roading to get there! This time we got to shoot for a collaboration between two legendary fashion brands A.P.C. by Jean and Judith Touitou and Brain Dead by Kyle Ng. We drove high up into the mountains to a secret location complete with scenic views of the ocean, a hidden lake and of course an abandoned house designed by Eric Lloyd Wright.

Please check out the awesome retro-future collection by A.P.C. and Brain Dead

3D Scanning by The Scan Truck with Jerry Paper
Jiggs Love, Shirley Kurata and Vlad Galat
Eric Lloyd Wright House
For All Mankind Poster 3D Scan Photogrammetry by The Scan Truck Los Angeles
For All Mankind Poster 3D Scan Photogrammetry by The Scan Truck Los Angeles

For All Mankind

This time we took our Scan Truck Spaceship all the way to the moon with Apple TV’s brand new series “For All Mankind”. This alternative-history series explores “What if Soviet Union succeeded in the first manned Moon landing and space race never ended”. Recreating the surface of the Moon presented an interesting challenge for the visual effects team. LIDAR scanning and lots of photogrammetry was needed to provide set extensions and digital doubles. Our mobile 3D scanning studio was a perfect fit on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. We landed next to the stage and worked closely with Method Studios on providing 3D scans of Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Jodi Balfour as well as other cast members and even Soviet and US space suits. For more VFX info, please check out Fxguide’s interview with the senior visual effects supervisor Jay Redd.

For All Mankind Poster 3D Scan Photogrammetry by The Scan Truck Los Angeles
Joel Kinnaman

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