Program 2015

CONFERENCE | ANIMATION | CASE STUDIES

Walt Disney Animation Studios: Creation of Big Hero 6

Brent Burley (WDAS), Dr. Hank Driskill (WDAS), Adolph Lusinsky (Disney Animation)

Join Adolph Lusinsky, Director of Cinematography Lighting; Hank Driskill, Technical Supervisor; and Brent Burley, Principal Software Engineer, as they share the challenges and learnings behind the creation of Disney Animation's Academy Award®-winning film Big Hero 6. The team will present many of the artistic and technical innovations achieved during the filmmaking process.

Brent Burley

Brent Burley, Principal Software Engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, www.disneyanimation.com

Brent Burley is a Principal Software Engineer at Walt Disney Animation Studios working on production rendering software.  Recently he led the development of a new physically-based BRDF model now being used in all current productions, and had previously developed Ptex, an open-source texture mapping system for subdivision surfaces.  Prior to joining Disney in 1996, he worked at Philips Media developing a cross-platform game engine, and also worked on aircraft training simulators at Hughes Training Inc.  

 

Dr. Hank Driskill

Dr. Hank Driskill , Technical Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios, www.disneyanimation.com

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”.

Adolph Lusinsky

Adolph Lusinsky, Director, Cinematography Lighting, Walt Disney Animation Studios, www.disneyanimation.com

Adolph Lusinsky, Director of Cinematography Lighting, Walt Disney Animation Studios, partners with the Directors and Production Designer to establish the lighting direction on animated feature films. Through early collaboration, Lusinsky ensures that the visuals serve the story and supervises the team of artists and technicians in their shared goal to bring the Directors’ vision to life. Lusinsky recently served as Director of Cinematography Lighting on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature Big Hero 6.

Lusinsky joined Disney Animation in 2003 as a Sequence Lead on Chicken Little. He served as Director of Look and Lighting on several projects including BoltRhino ShortTick Tock TalePrep & Landing, Operation Secret Santa and Wreck-It Ralph. Lusinsky attended California State University Fullerton where he majored in illustration. As a child, he dreamed of being a helicopter pilot with a monkey as a co-pilot but later came to his senses and chose to be an artist. In his spare time, Lusinsky enjoys painting and spending time with his wife, 2 kids, and a french bulldog named Marcello.

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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 Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and 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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