Frequently Asked Questions

Q.      What is a storyboard?

A.      It is a powerful first draft of the animation process. It gives you,
          in sequence, the exact location and figures in position along with
          the surrounding areas. It can be in a rough format (pencil or charcoal)
          or can be presented in computer graphics.

Q.      What is forensic animation?

A.      Forensic animation is a representation of an event in a 3 dimensional
   
        setting which is put in motion and is suitable for use in court proceedings.

Q.      What can be animated?

A.      Just about anything and everything.

Q.      What objects can be animated?

A.      Anything and everything. (cars, trains, planes, boats, animals, human beings, trees,|
            clouds, water, environments of all kinds, light situations, scenery, buildings and
            virtually anything else)

Q.      What environments can be animated?

A.       Atmospheres, snow, ice, fog, sleet, rain, etc.

Q.      What angles can you show with an animation?

A.      Any angle.

Q.      Where do you get your information to do the animation?

A.      Information for forensic animation comes from fact witnesses and
          expert witnesses.

Q.      Can a forensic animation be loaded on my computer for me to
          view and to use?

A.      Yes, and it can be totally interactive.

Q.      How long has forensic animation been used in court?

A.      Forensic animation has been used in the courtroom at least as early as 1977.

Q.      Is forensic animation admissible in court?

A.      Forensic animation can be admissible in court as demonstrative
          evidence and substantive evidence.

Q.      What is a good foundation for a forensic animation?

A.      The proper foundation for admission of forensic animation in court would at
          a minimum generally require that the animation is authentic, it is relevant, it
          is a fair and accurate representation of the evidence to which it relates and its
          probative value outweighs the danger of unfair prejudice, confusing the issues
          or misleading the jury.

Q.      Will I need someone other then the animator for my expert witness?

A.      You will need fact and/or expert witnesses to support the animator’s testimony.

Q.      How is forensic animation presented in court?

A.      Usually from a computer, video projection or DVD'S and shown on a screen.

Q.      Will forensic animation enhance my case?

A.      Forensic animation can enhance your case by illustrating and explaining a
          witnesses testimony, by being used as an exhibit for the jury to examine during
          deliberations, by reducing complex facts or confusing facts to a medium which
          easier to understand, by drawing visual attention to important parts of your
          case i.e. a picture is worth a thousand words, among other uses.

Q.      How much of an investment is there for producing a forensic animation?

A.      The investment is affordable and can be tailored to your investment budget
          Factors affecting the amount of investment are the number of objects being
          animated, the extent of the background, the desired detail of the animation and
          the length of the animation. Let us show you how affordable forensic
          animation is.

If  you  have questions that are not  answered in this “Frequently Asked Questions
section, please contact us at: 1-651-487-0095 or
e-mail: ray@justiceinmotion.com

 

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