Jeff Bridges Discusses the Technology Behind Tron: Legacy
Posted 08.01.10 by BrentJS
When Joseph Kosinski was hoping to make the jump from directing commercials to directing features, he put together a "Visual Effects Concept Test" reel for Disney that showed a CGI version of Jeff Bridges' Tron character, Clu; it was enough to convince Disney to move forward with Tron: Legacy with him at the helm. Compared to the graphics seen in the most recent Tron: Legacy trailer, the graphics in the "Test" were rather crude, but they still managed to convey the tone Kosinski hoped to bring to the world of Tron and the possibilities of rendering realistic versions of actors using digital technology. In a recent interview with MTV, Bridges spoke about how technology enticed him to star in Tron and to return to the property decades later in Tron: Legacy.
That was one of the reasons that got me involved in Tron in the first place, was to be a part of that cutting-edge technology. [Tron: Legacy] takes it to the Nth degree, really.
The most recent trailer for Tron: Legacy shows Bridges as a younger man, new footage of the actor created using new motion capture technology.
Playing the young [version of myself], we did a lot of work in a space called The Volume where you record your motion capture work. That was a completely unique experience for me, I had never done that. But, you know, it's great to be able to play a character in a story any age you want now. I could play my character when he's four years old now; that's a great thing to be able to do.
Next Showing: Tron: Legacy
opens December 17