Frequently Asked Questions

What is forensic animation?

Forensic animation uses animation to assist investigators by visually explaining complex ideas. It is a rapidly growing field and is used with increasing frequency in legal cases.

Forensic animation helps you convey an expert opinion to jurors in an easy to comprehend format. We recreate the scene of an incident using 3D graphic tools and advanced animation technology. The result is a scientifically correct and easy-to-understand presentation. We model our work using a combination of eyewitness accounts, images of the site, and evidence from law enforcement. With this, we can produce an accurate and relevant legal animation for use in the courtroom.

What are trial graphics?

During a trial, attorneys and their witnesses throw a lot of information at jurors. It can be challenging for them to follow, let alone remember, the key facts of the case. It’s critical that your presentation and message are memorable, with a lasting impact.

In today’s digital age, drawing a picture on a whiteboard is simply insufficient. You need to use trial graphics to provide jurors with the context they need to understand your story.  Our trial graphics offer dynamic charts, graphs and illustrations that will position you as the best storyteller in the room.

Are 3D trial animations more effective than trial graphics?

Computer-generated evidence offers a new solution for presenting evidence and persuading the jury. This evidence can include 3D trial animations and graphics. The choice between animation or graphics comes down to the case and the story you are trying to convey to the jury.

Animations are often most effective when you need to visually recreate complex stories. For example:

  • Animations help show the mechanics of an injury
  • Animations simplify a forensic explanation of how something happened and the events that led to it

Trial graphics are impactful to provide simpler recreations. For example, trial graphics can be for:

  • Recreations of machinery
  • Easy-to-understand charts
  • Timelines and graphs to help the jury remember the facts of the case

In short, both animations and graphics are effective but have different optimal uses.

When is litigation animation needed?

Successful litigation happens when one side can persuasively explain what happened. Life-like litigation animation can help put your case over the top.

If you or your client has been involved in any of the following scenarios, litigation animation could be beneficial in your case:

What type of scientific analysis goes into a trial animation?

We work closely with the experts to create an accurate animation. Some of the technical tools we use include:

  • Line of sight studies
  • Photo- and video-grammetry
  • Time distance diagrams
  • And a host of other technical tools

Our team will visit the site where the incident or crime took place. We collect important first-hand data that helps us create effective graphics and animations. We also use 3D laser scanning to ensure scientific accuracy and consistency.

All these tools enable us to ensure the scenes and collisions we recreate have 100% accuracy.

What all is involved in creating an admissible forensic animation?

A forensic animation is a highly accurate, detailed recreation of an incident or situation. Depending on your type of case, and the complexity of the animation, there are a number of details we need to accurately create your animation.

To help you through this process, we’ve prepared a simple checklist you can follow to prepare your case for animation:

Free Checklist: How to Prepare Your Case for Working with a Forensic Animation Studio

Prepare your case for working with an animation studio using this short step-by-step checklist.

What is Courtroom Animation’s admittance rate for its trial animations and graphics?

We are proud to share that we have a 99% admittance rate. We accomplish this by working hand in hand with expert information and witness testimony to ensure that our trial animations and graphics are compelling and accurate.

What is Courtroom Animation’s success rate for its trial animations and graphics?

Our unique trial animations and graphics have been used in more than 600 cases and helped to achieve over $750 million in favorable verdicts and settlements. We have worked with a wide range of clients and have a 95% success rate for the cases that we have been a part of. 

What types of cases are best suited for trial animations? 

Trial animation can be used in all types of cases to simplify complex scientific processes or to visually describe a crime. Animations of medical procedures or issues are also incredibly useful in court because it will capture juror attention and allow the jury to better understand your message.

If your case involves any of the following, you may benefit from animation to help persuade your jury:

  • Moving parts that may not be visible to the naked eye – like machinery 
  • Construction accidents, auto collisions, or personal injury
  • Product defects or failures 
  • Medical cases 

How is Courtroom Animation different / better than our competition?

We deliver 3D animations and trial graphics created with the latest technology. You can trust that you are getting a best-in-class product working with us. Plus, we have experience across nearly 2,000 cases. From this, we know how to deliver a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-understand for both judges and jurors.

Our visuals have been credited with more than $750 million in favorable outcomes. We’re proud to boas ta 95% success rate for the cases we have worked on.

In short, you can count on our experience to deliver cutting-edge graphics and animations. We will ensure your product earns the attention of the entire courtroom and easily describes what happened in your case. No matter your case, we have the portfolio and experience to help you win!