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Mimic Productions is a Berlin based animation studio specializing in Digital Faces, Digital Doubles, Motion Capture, Scanning and other 3D services to a large number of industries.

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MP Mimic Productions GmbH

Gericht Strasse 35

13347 Berlin

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© MP Mimic Productions GmbH 2019

Registered in the commercial register of the Charlottenburg Magistrate's Court

Registration Number: HRB 151809

VAT Number: DE290504486

Managing Directors: David Bennett & Hermione Mitford

 

DIGITAL DOUBLES

Photo-realistic and highly organic digital characters

We offer the following 3D character creation services for both the face and body:​

MIMIC'S HALL OF FAME

We have utilized our 3D Scanning, Modeling, Texturing, Animation services to accurately digitize some of the world's most famous athletes and artists, in motion.

3D  SCANNING SERVICES 

Facial Scan

FULL BODY SCANNING 

FACIAL SCANNING 

3D Scanning is the perfect solution when re-creating photo-real characters in the digital realm. Our system combines the best technology for the capture of high resolution topology, as well as extremely detailed texture maps. We are also honoured to have conducted facial scans for many celebrities across the globe - from Cristiano Ronaldo, to Roger Federer and Marina Abramovic. Our portable system enables us to travel to any location, prioritizing our clients production schedules, without sacrificing excellent quality.

FACIAL EXPRESSION SCANNING 

We also offer 3D Facial Scanning for the re-production of highly realistic and organic

blend-shapes for your facial rig. To accurately capture the unique details of an individual's expressions is at the heart of a convincing 3D animation. Our founder has personally directed world renowned talent such as Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins,  capturing their unique facial dynamics - so you can trust you are in good hands!

Mimic offers full body scanning services in Berlin as well as on location. This service is ideal for Digital Double creation or for 3D Printing.

If you have a RAW 3D scan which you would like to use for animation purposes, we can also offer re-topology services. This will reduce the number of polygons in your scan, whilst retaining high detail topology, and resulting in an "animation-ready" 3D model.

 

3D Model of Cristiano Ronaldo

 
 

MODELLING + SCULPTING SERVICES 

3D models and turn-tables of Ronaldo, Neymar, Boateng and Goetze

FACIAL + BODY MODELLING

From celebrity sports-stars, to a lion-man hybrid,
Mimic has modeled it all! Our in-house artists specialize specifically in both fictional and photo-real character modeling. The modeling process is when the artist's creative talents and technical abilities are utilized to produce an accurate and believable 3D model of your character. During this process we encourage customer feedback to ensure your specific character vision is always being prioritized and addressed.
THIS is when your character is born!

3D model and textures 

TEXTURES + MAPS

REALISTIC SKIN TEXTURES

The skin texture is the most immediate and essential component which can truly characterize a believably "living, breathing, organic" 3D character. The accurate creation of details such as pore definition, sweat and natural blemishes are at the heart of realism in 3D, and it is this artistry which we have refined over the years at Mimic. Our services include the full development of realistic skin textures both with, and without, the use of a 3D scanner, which means our clients can expect realism in a fictional (or even deceased) 3D creation. 
Our capacity to produce textures completely from scratch, also lends itself to enhancements of a character - which can include aspects such as ageing or de-ageing, and additional facial hair or scars. We have recently developed the fully-textured 3D models of over 35 human characters for a sports game, so you can be assured that not only have our artists gained the creative skills in texture production, but they have also developed innovative new tools, ensuring that our clients receive the best quality, with the most efficient time-line.

3D model and textures

3D model and textures

3D TEXTURE MAPS

3D Textures are essentially made up of a series of flat images, called “Maps”
which when layered and “wrapped” around the model create a 3D textural effect. 


Some Texture Maps include:
- Normal Maps – Creates light reflections on the model based on geometry
- Displacement Maps – Creates folds and wrinkles on the skin which cannot be achieved by the existing geometry
- Diffuse (Colour) Maps – Creates colour toning on the surface of the model
- And many more…

 

We currently work with normal maps, displacement maps, specular maps, gloss maps, depth maps and ambient maps. We can advise you as to which maps will be necessary for your character depending on your aesthetic goals and technical requirements.

FACIAL + BODY RIGGING

FACE RIGS

We believe the facial rig is fundamental to producing a realistic and organic animated character, and fortunately we are also proud to state that Facial Rig development is Mimic's greatest strength! Utilizing the experience gained by our Founder and CTO, David Bennett, who managed the Facial Animation team for huge blockbusters such as Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Tin Tin, we have produce a rigging pipeline which is second to none.

BLEND-SHAPE FACIAL RIGGING

It is through the facial rigging process, that the unique quirks and distinctly human characteristics of a character are captured.
For the highest quality animation, we build Blend-Shape Facial Rigs based off actor Expression Scans - this pipeline creates the most realistic and personalized rigs available today. 

Blend-Shape based rigs are when an actor's poses and expressions are modeled or scanned, and the data is captured within the facial rig.  From there, the Blend-Shapes and expressions are activated and "blended" by the animator, creating the most authentic 3D facial expressions available. 

This aspect of the animation process is to identify the motion your chosen actor is making, and then compose each expression using multiple blend shapes (facial poses) composed together to make up a unique and detailed expression.

Blend-Shape Face Rigs can feature anywhere from 30 (low-quality) to 300 (film-quality) Blend-Shapes , and this number is reflected directly in the total fee. So if you are working with a limited budget, we would be happy to review your performance and advise on the most essential Blend-Shapes we believe your character will require. We can then build a custom Blend-Shape rig to cater to your financial needs, without sacrificing realism and accuracy.

Blend-shape Facial Rig

BONE-BASED FACIAL RIGGING

Mimic specializes in the creation of Blend-Shape Facial Rigs, as well as basic Bone-Based Facial Rigs (and everything in-between). Whatever your project requirements, we can supply you with the most versatile and robust face rigs within your budgetary constraints.  

WRINKLE MAPS

We offer wrinkle map creation to compliment and support your facial rig. Wrinkle maps are maps activated in conjunction with blend shapes to create more defined and realistic wrinkle definition. Depending on the performance of your chosen character, we can customize the number of wrinkle

maps required to suit your needs and the facial rig.

BODY RIGS

Whether you require body rigging for a human, animal or mythical creature, we can provide you with a robust and versatile rig for your production needs.​ Our impressive muscle system will show off the physique of your character, which will hold up under the most extreme poses. Mimic also provides character and creature rigging services for the most popular game engines today like Unreal and Unity.

 
 

MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

FACIAL MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

Our Founder was the Manager of the Facial Motion Capture Department for multiple blockbuster movies, such as Avatar, Tin Tin and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to name a few... So naturally, one of our biggest strengths is in facial motion capture and animation. We can capture uniquely subtle movements, as well as highly dynamic expressions - from a simple blink to the complexity of emotive lip synchronization.

See more on our Facial Mocap and Animation Services below...

Our Head-Mounted Facial Capture Camera

Body Motion Capture and Animation in action on an over-confident robot for a Swatch commercial

BODY MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

Our skilled artists have provided body motion capture and animation for the most complex movements

- from swimming and flying, to object interactions and finger animations. We offer services in the capture and "clean-up" of mocap data, or key-frame animation - whichever suits your project best!
 We are equally experienced in both processes, ensuring an efficient process and effective final result.

See more of our Body Mocap and Animation Services below...

 

REALTIME

Here at Mimic we are skilled in 3D character optimization for all popular Real-Time game engines, such as Unity and Unreal. We produce authentic assets with flawless textures, shaders and rig integrations as well as high-fidelity real-time animation. 

Based on our vast experience with building over 50 human characters for the Unreal game engine, we have developed a particular strength in cutting-edge realism and a focus on exceptional quality.

We produce industry-leading content for video games, VR and AR, in Real-Time engines such as Unreal and Unity.

NEED 3D CHARACTER SERVICES?

All of the above 3D character creation services can be ordered individually, or as the full character creation package. 

We are extremely experienced in the creation of highly realistic, organic and believable digital doubles. Whether your character is to be made entirely from scratch (in the case of a deceased celebrity, or a fictional character) or you want to create an exact 3D record of a living, breathing person, we are the company for you!