Computer Generated Images try to replicate reality in films, but how do
you replicate an obvious C.G. model WITH reality?
In 1982, digital
imaging technology was just beginning to make itself known, and Disney's
movie "Tron" utilized the best the industry had to offer. Taking advantage
of the highly synthetic look of CGI, "Tron" simulated a fantasy world within
the computer itself, granting a perfect forum to create the wonderous images
seen in the film. Images which were so fantastic, at that time, no one
had ever seen anything like it before.
not completely accurate, the kit of the Lightcycle, manufactured by Alberta
Industrial Models, is a good representation of the futuristic bike. It
was cast in five solid resin parts; the main body, rear wheel, top and
side widows. All parts were cleaned, primed and painted with metallic automotive
lacquers before assembly with superglue, then the whole model was sprayed
with Testor's Dullcote to give it a satin sheen. A base was made from MDF
and sprayed flat black. White automotive pinstriping was used for the "Game
Grid". Harsh lighting during photography completes the look you see here.
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