DISNEY ANIMATION CAREERS
In animation, hairstyles can often be modeled without the consideration of physics. External forces, such as gravity, will deform the groom from the designed shape when simulated. We present a simple optimization algorithm that preloads the rest shape to compensate for the gravity to maintain the groom shape during simulation.
This is an on-demand session.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto called for many dazzling musical numbers, and Isabela’s song What Else Can I Do? was one of the most technically challenging. This talk presents the technical challenges encountered in bringing Isabela’s room to life, and the subsequent artistic and technical solutions.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal - every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. In this session, our filmmakers break down their collaborative process in creating the iconic song sequence, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” We’ll start off by discussing the work and tight focus that went into creating this large, diverse, magical family.
We will discuss our approach to building characters for a musical set in Colombia, knowing they would have to move and dance in a very specific way. We will also dive deeply into the cinematography process for this sequence - discussing the theatrical inspiration and the partnerships between choreography, layout, and animation. We will also reveal why certain editing and lighting choices were made to allow viewers to experience a single-cut feel, both theatrically and musically, throughout the song.
Please join us, as we detail our collaborative filmmaking process.
We introduce a new volumetric sheen BRDF that approximates scattering observed in surfaces covered with normally oriented fibers. The new model allows a more realistic cloth appearance and can approximate a dusty appearance. The BRDF is implemented using a linearly transformed cosine (LTC) lobe fitted to a volumetric scattering layer.
A live Q&A with Tad Miller, Michelle Robinson, Michael Woodside, Dan Rice & Tyler Kupferer.
In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, Mirabel discovers remnants of her Uncle Bruno’s visions. Developing the look and lighting for these shards required close collaboration between multiple departments to create a unique holographic effect. This talk covers the creative approaches and collaborative processes that brought this effect to the screen.
We introduce a new tessellation algorithm for production rendering of fractured subdivision surfaces. Our method produces higher quality results with less distortion than previous approaches, enables a more efficient fracture pipeline, and was key to animating the destruction of Casa Madrigal in Disney Animation’s Encanto.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the Command Center, a web application for communicating and monitoring high-dimensional production metrics at the studio. Developed during the production of Encanto, the Command Center provides near-real-time insights into key film production metrics, all integrated into a singular novel film interface.
Join Recruiters Mo Tahir and Jenny Lee for a meet and greet session designed for those interested in learning more about joining the community of storytellers and innovators at our studio. Hear about current opportunities, intern and trainee programs, and how to prepare for and navigate the application process.
The majority of the development and deployment of our new USD pipeline was targeted for the production of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto when the studio was fully remote. In this talk, we present our approaches to the new USD pipeline and our takeaways from our experience.
Come join the Women in Technology at Walt Disney Animation Studios as they discuss different tracks of careers within Animation Technology. Panelists will share their unique knowledge of the field along with how they navigated their careers and became leaders in this dynamic industry. If you have ever wondered what working in Animation Technology at Disney Animation is like, this is the talk for you. Bring your questions and be part of the discussion!
Panelists:Munira Tayabji, Director, Production Technology (moderator)Trisha Butkowski Hanley, Head of Character FXGabriela Hernandez, Technical SupervisorCharlotte Zhu, Sr. Engineer - Software
Representatives from our Burbank and Vancouver studios will be on hand to share about our growing studio. Come say hi and meet us!
We present the techniques utilized to create complex fiber-level cloth features of Disney Animation's Encanto. Embroidery workflows were extended to support a variety of styles, including needle paint, knot, and rope stitching. Cloth fibers are generated procedurally in Houdini, and the resulting curves are used as input to Disney’s XGen.