The pilot was made at Nickelodeon's New York animation office, known as Nick Digital. It was made using motion capture, a process that involves digitally mapping out movements. Three dancers performed the movements for Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone. The actors' proportions were very different from the animated characters, so motion capture did not work very well. The animators had to manually change many of the movements to make them work. For the rest of the show, motion capture was not used; instead, footage of live-action dancers was used as more of a rough guideline.