Meet the man behind Tron’s vehicles
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Posted: 19 Aug 2011
Not that you'll be able to spot these lo-fi origins when you see the results - it's the most spectacular cinematic experience since Avatar. It's just that Simon - like all good designers - prefers to work with real, tangible materials, to get the surfacing right and to ensure the light reflects off the vehicles authentically. After which he surrenders the designs to the computer modellers and geniuses at VFX specialists Digital Domain.
In a film like Tron: Legacy, the vehicles are almost characters themselves.
"My designs influence the story, and the story influences my designs," Simon confirms. "With a fantasy vehicle, you can go anywhere - these things don't have to make sense in a showroom context. It's not like doing a Passat facelift. But what they do have to do is support the story.