Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners,  $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners, $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Oscar Predictions 2016 Oscar Predictions 2016 It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set San Francisco Film Fest: Ian McKellen and Bill Condon Reunite on 'Mr. Holmes' San Francisco Film Fest: Ian McKellen and Bill Condon Reunite on 'Mr. Holmes' Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW)

TRON: Legacy’s 3-D VFX Stretch Current Movie Tech to its Limits

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2010 at 7:08AM

In the current issue of Popular Mechanics, I dig into the edge of the visual effects frontier represented by TRON: Legacy, which Disney opens wide December 17. The sumptuously visual movie will wow moviegoers with its 3-D VFX, if not its compelling storyline. Here's a snatch of the feature:
0
Thompson on Hollywood


Thompson on Hollywood

In the current issue of Popular Mechanics, I dig into the edge of the visual effects frontier represented by TRON: Legacy, which Disney opens wide December 17. The sumptuously visual movie will wow moviegoers with its 3-D VFX, if not its compelling storyline. Here's a snatch of the feature:

The original Tron arrived at a time of massive technological change in cinema. And whether by accident or design, the sequel born of the 2008 Comic-Con footage arrives at a similar inflection point. Tron: Legacy, which hits theaters on Dec. 17, moves the narrative of the original film forward 28 years, with Jeff Bridges, who played brash young programmer Flynn in the first movie, now reprising the role as an older, more meditative version of the character. The new movie pushes the technology forward as well. It is a single film that combines and refines almost every cutting-edge technique in cinema today: digital performance capture, advanced 3D cameras and sophisticated computer rendering of live actors into digital sets.

If any movie could succeed based on visual effects alone, it's Tron: Legacy. But the film also comes at a time of serious debate about the stresses such technology puts on the moviemaking process and its effect on the art of cinema. Shooting in 3D is expensive, the equipment is cumbersome, and audiences seem increasingly picky about what movies they are willing to pay extra to see in 3D. Plus, risky experiments in CG and performance capture can end up unraveling the virtual environments visual-effects artists strive so hard to create. Tron: Legacy is the type of movie that can shape agendas in Hollywood. If audiences love it, Tron will become the new standard for innovation. But it only takes a few missteps to turn a technological tour de force into a cautionary tale.

Here's my early review and a round-up of others and Eric Kohn's take. Trailers and Daft Punk music-video are below.


This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Digital Future, Exhibition, Production , TRON, Sci-fi, Jeff Bridges, Disney , Trailers, 3D, VFX


E-Mail Updates