How much does 3D Animation cost?

Projects generally range from $3,000 to $20,000.

The cost of an animation ranges greatly and is affected by the following factors: length of production, perspectives (views) needed, input data for motion and 3D models, environmental complexity, and expert opinion integration.

IMW is well versed in making animations as cost efficient as possible, using methods such as animation within a photo to bypass unnecessary 3D modeling costs.

Is 3D animation admissible in court?

Yes. 3D animation can be used in a variety of contexts, but is most commonly used in opening statements, and to visualize technical expert witness opinions.

Trial Attorneys and Judges are increasingly familiar with 3D animation, and appropriate foundation. IMW works directly with Expert Witnesses and Consultants to ensure opinions are reflected accurately, and with a strong legal foundation.

How long does it take to produce?

One to six weeks, depending on the factors in How much does 3D animation cost?

Clients should budget at least three weeks for a final product, but jobs can be expedited and completed in a week, if necessary. Short fuse, high quality animations can be produced, but are more commonly utilized in meditation than trial.

What is the process for creating a 3D animation?

The process begins by meeting with the attorney, experts, and consultants and discussing the particulars of the case, the legal strategy, and what the animation should show.

The actual creation of the animation varies depending on the type of case as well as the data provided. Here is a quick demonstration that shows how a 3D scene is created from laser scan data for a case involving a pedestrian struck by a bus:


Here is the completed animation:


What types of cases are ideal for 3D animation?

3D Animation is ideal for cases involving a specific perspective of importance - of a witness, involved party, or even surveillance camera.


Other ideal visualization projects are products cases, technical and medical illustration, and line of sight obstructions.

Several IMW clients had seldom relied on animation in the past. After working with our staff, we became a reoccurring and critical part of their case management, offering insight early in the process as to how visualization could be effectively used.