“Making ‘Encanto’ With USD: Rebuilding a Production Pipeline Working From Home” by Miller, Li, Karanam, Sinno and Scopio

  • ©Tad Miller, Harmony Li, Neelima Karanam, Nadim Sinno, and Todd Scopio



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    Making 'Encanto' With USD: Rebuilding a Production Pipeline Working From Home



    In 2017, Walt Disney Animation Studios began a transition towards Universal Scene Description (USD) as its primary data interchange format [Pixar 2016]. The design and roll out encompassed production on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Encanto”. In addition to the general challenge of revamping a production pipeline, the studio was fully remote for a majority of the deployment. Even though pipeline changes were extensively tested during development, exercising fundamental pipeline changes in production invariably uncovered many issues. As such, the undertaking required a significant amount of communication and coordination among software developers, technical directors, artists and show leadership.


    Pixar. 2016. Introduction to USD. http://openusd.org/.Google Scholar

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