James did the evening talk on the first day of beyond tellerrand 2013. A session that is here to inspire and push people to think. Always a joy with a drink in one hand and a great day behind. Thanks to James for doing a great job!
Watch this little video to get an impression what beyond tellerrand is and who has spoken: vimeo.com/69823900
Hint has been a part of the Crossroads District in downtown Kansas City for over 25 years. Filled with creativity, this district is home to the monthly First Friday arts festival each month. To celebrate the amazing artists that call Kansas City home, we are opening our doors on First Fridays to show the work of these amazing people. And in true Hint fashion, we are telling their stories as well. This is the Hint Artist Series.
This month, we take a look at David Tierney-Kanning, a KC native who takes everyday people doing everyday things and makes them anything but ordinary. Special thanks to Scott Bosworth for the amazing cinematography. Learn more about David at davet-k.weebly.com and more about Hint at hint.is
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