||TRON: Legacy began as a 3D concept prototype, envisioned by Disney’s Sean Bailey, producer Steven Lisberger and director Joseph Kosinski, and realized by Digital Domain. The now-famous short helped get the project greenlit and primed worldwide audiences for its release.
The digital TRON world took shape as Academy Award-winning VFX supervisor Eric Barba and the Digital Domain team turned production designs into fully-realized environments, light cycles, Recognizers, characters, discs and more, in full stereoscopic 3D. Barba was responsible for delivering all 1,565 visual effects shots created by 6 companies on 2 continents for the ambitious global digital production.
Digital Domain’s work enabled Jeff Bridges to reprise both of his roles from the original film — a now 60-year-old Kevin Flynn and the never-aging villain Clu. Building on the Academy Award®-winning digital human synthesis work Digital Domain pioneered on Benjamin Button, the company developed a completely computer-generated (CG) head for Clu and the system that enabled Bridges’ performance drive the CG likeness of his younger self.