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Our Process

We incorporate our expertise, the latest technology, and all available information to craft an impactful visual representation of transpired events. This ensures clarity during your negotiations to secure the best possible outcome for your clients.


Each animation is done to match a specific budget while still expressing the facts of the case.


Our animations heavily rely on both sets of depositions, police reports, and photographs.


We bring to life traumatic experiences that have traditionally been challenging to accurately and objectively describe.

What to Expect

We’ll guide you every step of the way! Proactive communication will facilitate project creation where all gathered data is clearly represented and all feedback is taken into account.

Protecting sensitive data is our highest priority. We use secure file storage services to keep your data safe.

  • Set up our first call

    Any preliminary photos and overview of the case prior to our first meeting helps us quickly form accurate work estimates.

  • Discuss budget and case components

    Please provide:

    • Depositions
    • Police reports
    • Photos
    • All other relevant documentation
  • Receive project authorization

    If additional tradeoffs may be considered, we agree on any potential tradeoffs before beginning any work.

  • Iterate over early feedback

    We like to receive feedback early and always deliver under-budget to ensure the remaining budget is wisely focused.

  • Deliver final animation

    Our final animations include engineer-focused precision, Hollywood-style cinematography, and immersive sound design that trigger the intended emotional responses.

  • Contact

Our Work

Previously produced animations for hire.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started with Legal Animations

Legal animation production costs include a range of elements that are essential in creating a high-quality animation in-house. This includes:

  • Initial discovery phase
  • Storyboard creation
  • Vehicle and character modeling
  • Texture and environment design
  • Scene building
  • Character rigging and animation
  • Scaled positioning
  • Multi-camera setup
  • Soundscape design
  • High-resolution rendering
  • Video editing and sound mastering

Client revisions are considered during the production process to ensure that feedback is incorporated into the final product.

It is helpful to understand the overall goals and objectives of the legal team, the key points they want to emphasize, and any particular aspects of the case they want to highlight through the animation. It is also important to clearly understand the legal team's timeline and budget for the project.

Below are some examples of demonstrative evidence that is typically requested at the start of an engagement:

  • Depositions
  • Police reports
  • Photographs and videos
  • X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans
  • Maps and satellite images
  • Eyewitness and expert testimony
  • Measurements from the scene
  • Line of sight studies
  • Time distance diagrams
  • Blueprints and schematics
  • 3D laser scans
  • Photogrammetry

During our initial consultation, we will work with the legal team to gather all the necessary information and ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of their needs and objectives.

The production timeline for a legal animation can vary based on several factors, including:

  • Case complexity
  • Intended focus of the animation
  • Length of provided depositions
  • Number of 3D models
  • Intricacies of character animation
  • Highlighting of internal injuries
  • Overall length of the final product

During the free initial consultation, we work closely with our clients to align our vision and deliverables calendar with their budget and timeline to ensure a smooth and timely production process.

Legal animation costs vary depending on the complexity of the case, level of animation detail, and turnaround time.

We collaborate with law firms to determine the optimal level of environmental detail, object textures, character rigging, and animation to best convey the client's focus in the presentation within the set budget.

We offer a complimentary consultation for all clients interested in our services. Contact us at 210-595-0533 to schedule your consultation.

Key Considerations When Using Legal Animations

Legal animations can be useful in many areas of law, including, but not limited to:

  • Automotive accidents
  • Commercial trucking accidents
  • Construction site and workplace accidents
  • Public transportation accidents
  • Personal injury
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Patent litigation
  • Technology law
  • Boating accidents
  • Environmental law
  • Aviation accidents

Even in cases that may seem straightforward, having high-impact visual graphics can help present complex information clearly and memorably. This can potentially lead to a quicker resolution and higher settlement amount for your client, allowing all parties involved to move on from the traumatic event. Coupled with expert testimony, legal animations can be difficult to refute and can help build confidence in the case's arguments in favor of your client.

The admissibility of legal animations ultimately depends on the judge's discretion, but following these guidelines can increase the chances of admission:

Legal animations can be highly beneficial, even when demonstrative evidence is already available. They can provide a dynamic, highly detailed representation of events that may have been missed or not fully understood in static photos or videos. Through simulations, legal animations can help clarify complex technical or medical concepts and better convey the arguments of a case. Additionally, legal animations can be created without the need for costly and potentially invasive physical reenactments.

A well-known study [1] found that verbal information has a retention rate of only 10% after 72 hours. However, when information is presented visually and audibly, retention increases by 6.5 times, to 65%. With this scientific data backing up the importance of visual aids in memory retention, an effective legal animation can be a powerful tool in creating a memorable and impactful trial exhibit.

  1. H. Weiss and J. B. McGrath, Jr, Technically Speaking: Oral Communications for Engineers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963.

According to an article published by the American Bar Association, counsel should consider requesting that cautionary or limiting instructions be given to the jury. Instructions should include:

  • An admonition that the jury is not to give the animation or simulation more weight just because it comes from a computer.
  • A statement clarifying that the exhibit is based on the supporting witness evaluation of the evidence.
  • A statement that the evidence is not meant to be an exact recreation of the event, but is, instead, a representation of the witness testimony.

Additional Services

Most legal animations are created with mediation in mind and can have a high success rate of achieving substantially higher settlements than anticipated during this phase. Requests for modifications may arise from the opposition, expert witnesses, the client, or the judge should the case proceed to trial.

Once requested changes have been made, the updated animation should be beneficial for mock trial proceedings as well as opening arguments, testimony, rebuttals, and closing arguments during the official trial, thus allowing for a visually cohesive narrative. Do note that not all courts allow legal animations to be viewed by the jury during deliberations.

Although we aim to minimize the need for edits, we keep your case files well-organized and secured for potential modifications.

Before delivering a statement of work, integrating material evidence and other trial exhibits to create a comprehensive and impactful presentation should be discussed.

While we specialize in creating three-dimensional legal animations, we are also open to discussing the incorporation of mixed media elements. Contact us to discuss your specific needs, and we will work with you to create a customized solution.

While we don't specialize in these areas, we can provide services for:

  • Audio and visual enhancements with AI
  • Drone footage
  • Forensic virtual reality (VR/360) experiences
  • Infographics, diagrams, and charts
  • PowerPoint slides and templates
  • Visual timelines

General Questions

Legal Animation Consulting is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with expertise in serving clients in the greater Texas area since 2007. We have extensive experience working remotely with geographically distributed teams, so even if you are located outside of Texas, we are available to work with you. Please contact us at 210-595-0533 to learn more.

The words legal and forensic are interchangeable as Oxford Languages defines "legal" as "of, based on, or concerned with the law" and defines "forensic" as "relating to courts of law". The key difference is within the words "animation" and "simulation".

Legal animations are considered demonstrative evidence used to supplement witness testimony. These animations serve as an extension of the witness's testimony and are designed to clarify other forms of previously admitted demonstrative evidence. When paired with expert testimony, legal animations can be highly effective visual aids that are generally admissible in court.

Forensic simulations, on the other hand, are classified as substantive evidence that is supported by expert testimony focused on the software used to create the simulation and the related methodology. Forensic simulations are held to a higher standard of admissibility because they are considered independent evidence that does not rely on supporting testimony.

When it is important to demonstrate how particles or fluids acted during the event (such as liquids, smoke, or debris), it can be less labor-intensive to reproduce simulations in a virtual environment that can easily be detached from witness testimony. A well-contained particle-based simulation is more likely to be admissible as evidence in court when it can be evaluated on its own merits without requiring additional testimony to establish its relevance or accuracy.

To ensure high admissibility and meet clients' needs, we typically create legal animations. However, we are open to creating simulations, particularly when particle physics is a critical component of the case.