Just in case you've been off the Grid (sorry, couldn't help myself), here's a reminder that "Tron: Legacy" opens today!
["Tron: Legacy" Trailer]
Confession: I'd never heard about "Tron" until about a week ago. (I know, I know.) I promise, however, that I really am a nerd. Just a young nerd. Luckily, another slightly older nerd friend a few cubicles over helped me get up to speed. (He told me about watching "Tron" on LaserDisc. What's that?)
The coolest thing about "Tron: Legacy", he said, was how the new movie comes full circle with the old. In the original movie, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is turned into data and brought into the computer world by a teleportation laser.
The new film included Clu, Flynn's computer-based alter-ego who hasn't aged in the computer world. To re-create Clu for the sequel, a full-body laser scan of Bridges was taken and brought into a computer. Then, a digital mask of the actor's face was created and de-aged almost 30 years.
[Discovery News video about how actor Jeff Bridges was youthened for "Tron: Legacy"]
While playing the part of Clu during filming of the new movie, Bridges wore a helmet with four cameras mounted on it, each pointed at his face. The cameras recorded the movements of 52 dots drawn on the actor's face. Those movements were then fed to the computer mask where 52 corresponding points on the digital face moved in sync with the actor's real-life facial movements. (Click here for more on the making of "Tron: Legacy.")
The result is, well, pretty obviously CG. It's also really cool. And I, for one, can't wait to see it full feature. In the meantime, I hope the "Tron" following will still consider me a true nerd even though I was a little behind the curve.
[Original "Tron" Trailer]
Also, in case you need some help getting your nerd on, Wired Magazine (who went geek wild over Tron this month) blogged about the must-have "Tron" gear of the season. (There's more here.) Don't even think about trying to pick up a copy of the original 1982 movie, though, unless you're willing to shell out close to a hundred bucks. (I checked it out and it's true. Sorry. I'm bummed too.)
If you were hoping to see the original before going to see "Tron: Legacy" and you don't want to drop a Benjamin on it, there's a good video summary here. Fair warning: It contains spoilers.