Can I use forensic animation to help me with case evaluation? What are the benefits of using forensic animation for deposition? What are the benefits of using forensic animation in mediation? What are the benefits of using forensic animation for trial? How accurate is a forensic animation? What is a model forensic animation? What is a demonstration forensic animation? What is a re-creation (or reconstruction) forensic animation? What is a simulation forensic animation? What types of cases are forensic animations good for? How long should a forensic animation be?
I use forensic animation to help me determine the merits of the
Yes, you can! The process of building an animation will assure clarification of the facts. It will soon become apparent if it is a strong or a weak case. Any "holes" (gaps in what happened or who was where/when, etc.) become quite evident.
What are the
benefits of using forensic animation for deposition?
The development of a forensic animation prior to deposition will show where information and collaboration is needed. A forensic animation helps focus the questions, eliciting more complete information during the deposition. Show the animation during Q & A and ask, "Is this what happened?"
What are the
benefits of using forensic animation in mediation?
Forensic animations require rigorous attention to detail. This means the expert and attorney will be totally prepared; you will know that you are prepared; you will show it. The opposition will know they are in trouble. Please note: Animations for deposition and mediation do not need to be highly realistic to convince the other side you are holding all the Aces.
What are the
benefits of using forensic animation for trial?
When appropriate for trial, a forensic animation will make the facts clear to the jury better than other type of demonstrative evidence.
Animations provide continuity and smooth transitions from exhibit to exhibit.
Animations add reinforcement to the experts testimony.
Animations are mental adhesive people remember an animation.
Animations are very compelling.
The more realistic the demonstrative evidence
the more people relate to it.
is a forensic animation?
It depends on the information supplied to the animator. We build everything to scale and make every effort to create an accurate animation. We work directly with the expert witness. Some of the things we do to insure accuracy:
use aerial and satellite photos and maps
dis-assemble and measure exemplars
make site visits to take photographs and measurements
use on-screen virtual instrumentation to display a real-time clock, speed, and distance.
Following the guidelines of the "same or substantially similar" rule - an experienced animator will make sure that models are appropriate for the animation. Tolerances will vary depending on the scene, message, etc. If the tolerances are too loose, it looks sloppy and is a potential opening for opposing counsel (avoid scale-less modeler, avoid CAD-phobics, avoid animators that cant convert units). Tolerances that are too tight is very costly and does not show (avoid ultra type-A personalities that use .001" tolerances on everything, avoid hyper-realism).
What is a model forensic animation?
All animations start with models of objects and or people. The models must be accurate and made to scale. Model animations are entered as demonstrative evidence.
What is a
demonstration forensic animation?
A demonstration animation shows how something works (like what happens when you push the button down on the toaster). Demonstration animations are usually uncontested. This type of animation is entered as demonstrative evidence.
What is a
re-creation (or reconstruction) forensic animation?
A re-creation animation is an opine of an event. The script is known ahead of time - there are no surprises. This type of animation is entered as demonstrative evidence.
What is a simulation
Simulation animations analogize or prove something and are calculated by the computer. It is the basis for or reinforces the experts opine. Simulation animations can be admitted as either scientific evidence or demonstrative evidence.
What types of
cases are forensic animations good for?
Civil and criminal cases. Virtually any type of case could benefit from a forensic animation, including:
Personal Injury & Torts
should a forensic animation be?
An animation should be no longer than is necessary to explain the key points. Movies belong in Hollywood. Our goal is to assist you in presenting your case ethically, with respect for judicial economy of time.
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