Program 2015


Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Pipeline Challenges of Big Hero 6

Dr. Hank Driskill (WDAS)

Join Dr. Hank Driskill, Technical Supervisor for the Oscar(r)-winning animated feature, "Big Hero 6," for a discussion of the evolution of the Walt Disney Animation Studios pipeline, from an "assembly line" model to a "hub & spoke" model, and how schedule constraints and increased complexity sparked innovative solutions. Using the film "Big Hero 6" as a case study, Driskill will focus on asset production and production management, data and resource challenges, and the philosophy of the "continuum of development" in place at WDAS.

Dr. Hank Driskill

Dr. Hank Driskill , Technical Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios,

Hank Driskill grew up in the town of Gardner, Kansas.  He got undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Astronomy from the University of Kansas in 1988, and got his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1995.  He began his professional career at Digital Domain in 1994, working on such films as Apollo 13, Dante's Peak, Fifth Element and Titanic, before moving to Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1997.

In his 17.5 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios, he's worked on films like Tarzan, Dinosaur, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph, as well as supervising on 102 Dalmatians, Reign of Fire, Bolt, the stereo conversions for Beauty & The Beast and Lion King, and the made-for-TV Christmas special Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.  He most recently was Technical Supervisor on Big Hero 6, and is currently Technical Supervisor for the upcoming feature film Moana.


Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are CinderellaSleeping BeautyThe Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastThe Lion KingTangled and the Oscar(R)-winning “Big Hero 6”.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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