Watched Jan 31, 2012
Marcin Wichary’s review:
“A lot of the things didn’t make sense for me.”
“What’s this all about?”
“I really don’t understand a lot of what I’m saying.”
“Where are the pants!?”
Do you know how long time ago “computer” was actually a job title for people who did a lot of calculations for living? The “C” in CGI for Tron is much closer to that definition than you’d think – a lot of the special effects in this 1982 movie were perhaps stacking up to 25–30 layers of film, or drawing things on a graph paper, or manually putting together numbers for an early primitive visual computers to translate into graphics. There’s also a lot of creative interpretations of simple… glitches in post-processing (for example, some of the flashes in the movie were completely unintentional!).
And, irony of ironies, Tron – despite influencing an entire generation of visual artists – was denied being nominated for an Oscar, because “the artists cheated when they used computers.”
This documentary has a lot of little fascinating bits and pieces like that. The quotes above are what various actors had to say about Tron during its production, but perhaps my favourite bit was the fact that “Tron” comes from “ElecTRONic.” I honestly never made that connection.