Tron Legacy Trailer

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“We used a brand new generation of the Pace/Cameron system developed by Vince Pace and James Cameron,” says Kosinski. “I think we’re the first film to use full 35mm sensor cameras in a 3D rig.” – Joe Kosinski, Director of Tron

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J Cross says:

July 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

A little disappointing to me, the action didn’t look kinetic enough? And the design looked predictable. Clearly there were not enough Japanese of French people involved. Technically I’m sure it’s special, but I’m guessing the soundtrack will be the coolest thing about it. Just a hunch, maybe I’m too sober, could be fricken awesome.


JonH says:

July 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm

heard last year that Daft Punk were already recording material for this.
your right J cross, it’s probably gonna be the only thing worth checking out about it. though.


rtificial says:

July 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I thought the trailer looked neat. Probably look better in 3D and as a whole. I kinda like the bikes doing their rigid straight runs though with no going outside the lines!


Mitchell says:

July 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Wow..i’m excited!

i’m not sure whether another Tron film is entirely necessary but that won’t stop it being great if it sticks to the stylings of the original Tron world. And surely anything that pairs Jeff Bridges with Daft Punk HAS to be good!


grey says:

July 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I really like the quiet tone of it. The “pixelization” effect is pretty rad. The music cue in the tunnel has a nice subtle quality.


Bas says:

July 26, 2009 at 12:24 am

It looks sincere. That’s important (for a movie, imho).
Don’t know the original Tron, but this looks like an interesting sci-fi for a change.


NAVIS says:

July 26, 2009 at 12:56 am

They really ought to make a live action/3d movie of the Berenstein Bears. Or something like Denver the Last Dinosaur or Poppels.


Jakub says:

July 26, 2009 at 10:23 am

I think it looks pretty good, i’m not really into the whole 360 slow motion shots though, saw that in Transformers 2 like 17 times


Todd says:

July 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

This gets me so excited. I have been waiting for decent footage for a long time. It’s a terrific excuse for some really dynamic shots. Although, I hope it is not as nausea-inducing as Speed Racer was.

Can’t for the Daft Punk material.


Daniel says:

July 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Tron is so much better than people remember. I think it sits in the collective consciousness as a laughable example of 80s cheese, but if you go back and watch it its surprisingly beautiful! The composition is something that all IS050 readers can definitely get down with. Read the wiki entry on it and you’ll see that it’s because of some really old-school analogue techniques that were used and the visionaries who art directed it.

From wiki:

Three designers were brought in to create the look of the computer world. Renowned French comic book artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) was the main set and costume designer for the movie. Most of the vehicle designs (including Sark’s aircraft carrier, the light cycles, the tank and the solar sailer) were created by industrial designer Syd Mead, of Blade Runner fame. Peter Lloyd, a high-tech commercial artist, designed the environments.

Tron was one of the first movies to make extensive use of any form of computer animation, and is celebrated as a milestone in the computer animation industry. However, the film contains less computer-generated imagery than is generally supposed: Only fifteen to twenty minutes of actual animation were used, mostly scenes that use vehicles such as light-cycles, tanks and ships. Because the technology to combine computer animation and live action did not exist at the time, these sequences were intercut with the filmed characters.

Most of the scenes, backgrounds and visual effects in the film were created using more traditional techniques and a unique process known as “backlit animation”. In this process, live-action scenes inside the computer world were filmed in black-and-white on an entirely black set, printed on large-format high-contrast film, then colorized with photographic and rotoscopic techniques to give them a “technological” feel. With multiple layers of high-contrast, large-format positives and negatives, this process required truckloads of sheet film and a workload even greater than that of a conventional cel-animated feature. In addition, the varying quality and age of the film layers caused differing brightness levels for the backlit effects from frame to frame, explaining why glowing outlines and circuit traces tended to flicker in the original film. Due to its difficulty and cost, this process would never be repeated for another feature film.


ryan says:

July 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

seeing jeff bridges really makes it special too. Plus I like how they seem to be taking it seriously, it seems very dark and brooding, not disney at all… looks promising.


Scott says:

August 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

i used to work for Digital Domain (the guys who did that whole proof of concept they’re using for the teaser trailer).
You guys should know that every single image in that video except “old” Jeff Bridges is computer generated. Even the faces of both bike riders. (They used the same facial modeling techniques established in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.) Completely fabricated. Completely crazy! And in 3D, its completely mind blowing.


Yaco Roca says:

August 31, 2009 at 8:07 am

Wow, it is something delightful. While somethings do seem of, and rotating slow-mo cams I think where so overdone in transformers that they lost their appeal for several films to come, this is looking dark, brooding and promising.