Prime Focus has contributed over 120 visual effects shots to the much-anticipated Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures stereoscopic release TRON: Legacy. The film, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, hit theaters December 17, 2010.
TRON: Legacy tells the story of Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old who is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges); a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer.
When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade – a signal that could only come from his father – he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe.
Prime Focus completed three highly immersive CG based sequences under the VFX supervision of Chris Harvey, DFX supervision of Jon Cowley and VFX Producer Randal Shore.
The team completed nearly thirteen minutes of stereoscopic work that featured grand, sweeping vistas of the digital grid landscape, detailed matte paintings from within TRON city and a plummeting out-of-control elevator sequence.
Once clear of the city, Sam, Flynn and Quorra travel across the Grid aboard an updated version of the Solar Sailer – an enormous yet elegant tanker-like ship. The ship carries the three characters effortlessly through an all CG world; over giant canyons and under starry skies. Teams in both Los Angeles and Vancouver crafted the look and details of the Solar Sailer and generated all of the incredible environments.
Says Cowley, “Working with Eric Barba at Digital Domain, our goal was to help Joe [Kosinski] visually realize this grand world he had crafted while pushing the boundaries and expanse of what is possible in 3D.”
Prime Focus has an extensive history working on stereoscopic projects and continues to be an industry leader in developing new stereo VFX and conversion technologies. This project paired the talent at Prime Focus with Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Eric Barba and his team at the lead facility, Digital Domain.
Harvey and Cowley oversaw a team of over sixty artists in the Vancouver and Los Angeles offices over the course of eight months of production. The teams’ software toolkit included Maya, Vray, Nuke and Terragen.