TRON: Legacy "Process Trontages"

  1. Although our small TRON: Legacy GFX Team was knee deep on other parts of the film, there was no passing up the opportunity to work on the opening sequence where a single graphic line ultimately transforms into a photoreal city, all in a single camera move.

    Gmunk, David Lewandowski (dlew) and I worked closely with director (and architect) Joseph Kosinski to strike the right visual balance that evoked the feeling of the original 1982 light bike battle in its graphic simplicity with the need for the light lines to ultimately build enough structure for a transition to a photoreal city.

    I spent some good one on one time early on with Google Maps to analyze the building structures of downtown Vancouver B.C. for building shapes that would allow for interesting line animation. From there it was a study in the composition, styling and animation quality of the linework to find what worked best. I pushed for the idea to have the traveling light lines light up a grid of points that defined the 3d space of the traveling line(s) to give the grid more parallax and interest throughout the line animation (in the process video below).

    TRON: Legacy - Opening Titles GFX Credit List:

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Graphics Artists: Bradley G Munkowitz, Jake Sargeant, David Lewandowski
    Lead Modeler / Animator: David Lewandowski
    Graphics Compositor: Jake Maymudes

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  2. The ENCOM Board Room projection screen and light table animated graphics posed a unique challenge. Unlike other sequences, these graphics had to work through live playback on set for capture in camera.

    I led the design and animation of the projection screen graphics with plenty of animation love from dlew (David Lewandowski) while Gmunk led the light table animated graphics and Marv (the dog) glitch effects.

    Once everything was ready for the night of the shoot, we headed downtown (Los Angeles) at the top of a corporate office building to watch the scene come to life with the graphics taking center stage. This was a huge highlight of the project to say the least.

    Credits:
    TRON: Legacy - Board Room GFX Credit List:

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Animated Graphics Artists: Bradley G Munkowitz, Jake Sargeant
    Lead Animator: David Lewandowski
    Graphics Animator: Joseph Chan

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  3. TRON Legacy's disc game sequence needed a floating scoreboard and tablet interface to help keep track of the action. This was the first of nearly a years worth of animated graphics assignments working deep inside visual effects powerhouse Digital Domain.

    I worked with Gmunk on one project before TRON in the commercials division of DD where he quickly assimilated the evolution of custom built apps whose development and evolution I continued to push over the years since my time working at Motion Theory with Josh Nimoy and various other code artists.

    Gmunk and I directed the creation of two custom apps for the disc game sequence with Josh Nimoy at the coding helm. Once the initial design and animation direction had been settled on, we experimented and integrated image sequences based on custom sliders that controlled a host of different parameters to nail the desired effect. Gmunk saw the scoreboard through to completion while I focused on finishing the tablet interface used by Jarvis, Clu's intelligence officer. The disc game sequence also introduced us to the 3d pipeline and associated workflow at Digital Domain. Well worth the extra process when the 3d glasses went on in the screening room.

    TRON: Legacy - Disc Games GFX Credit List:

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Animated Graphics Artists: Bradley G Munkowitz, Jake Sargeant
    Graphics Code Artist: Josh Nimoy

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  4. Daft Punk's cameo appearance in TRON: Legacy provided a rare treat to visualize a fully animated digital readout screen in perfect sync with the duo's binary beats.

    The digital dj pane had to reinforce the advanced computer world technology used by highly evolved musical programs. A flowing dot grid, pulsing energy lines, and digitally dense beat indicators felt appropriate against the visual of these highly evolved djs in their natural element.

    The chance to create animated graphics that complement an artist I already love in a movie like TRON: Legacy was indeed a series of fortunate events.

    Credits:
    TRON: Legacy Daft Punk DJ Pane GFX Credit List:

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Animated Graphics Artist: Jake Sargeant
    Lead Graphics Animator: Jake Sargeant
    Graphics Animator: Joseph Chan

    # vimeo.com/62727924 Uploaded 7,978 Plays / / 2 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

  5. When you've authored the vast TRON universe, it only takes a couple deft code maneuvers for the likes of Kevin Flynn to avoid certain disaster.

    The graphic interfaces that Flynn summons in the following two scenes help him hijack a lightjet and avoid certain doom on a runaway elevator.

    I led the animated graphics portion of both sequences with the masterful animation finesse of David Lewandowski on the elevator interface and solid animation support from Joseph Chan for the guard's back and kiosk interfaces.

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Animated Graphics Artist: Jake Sargeant
    Animator: Joseph Chan

    TRON: Legacy - Elevator Hacking GFX Credit List:

    Director: Joseph Kosinski
    VFX Facility: Digital Domain
    VFX Supervisor: Eric Barba
    Lead Animated Graphics Artist: Jake Sargeant
    Lead Animator: David Lewandowski

    # vimeo.com/62722561 Uploaded 3,897 Plays / / 2 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

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