Forensic Animation reconstructs an incident in a visual format that can be viewed from many angles. Forensic Animation is intended to show the facts as accurately as possible by using data from as many sources as possible such as police or medical reports, witness statements, photographs of resultant damage, cell tower data, CCTV footage, cell phone footage from witnesses, and satellite maps. The animation itself is produced in alignment with strict scientific guidelines from physics, medicine, and other scientific disciplines.
There are many types of Forensic Animation:
- Accident reconstruction – The reconstruction of an accident involving transit such as cars, trains, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles as well as any persons involved or injured at the scene.
- Medical animation – Provides inside/outside views of the human body and the effects of a procedure, assault, or accident on human organs, bones, glands, and tissues in accordance with medical reports.
- Visual reconstruction – Any other type of reconstruction, which could include:
- Digital processes such as the movement of an illegally obtained document through the Internet.
- Human movement, such as the movements of a Person of Interest as he/she moves from one location to another, including the use of cell tower data, CCTV footage, witness statements, and any other data available.
Forensic animation is invaluable for providing many views of an incident that all parties can see. While an auto accident can occur in a fraction of a second, an animation can be replayed and studied in detail for as long as necessary to get a full picture of what occurred. Often, just the process of creating a Forensic Animation can provide details that were unclear, or even invisible, before the animation was created.