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Opening Night – First-Time Feature Director Joseph Kosinski Upgrades the Tron World

For Tron: Legacy, the highly anticipated sequel to 1982’s Tron, producers took a big risk in hiring Joseph Kosinski as director. He had never helmed a feature film before, but he had directed high-end commercial campaigns for Xbox, Chevrolet, and Nike. Kosinski’s diverse background in engineering, product design, music, and architecture was necessary and crucial in creating the Grid — a layered virtual world of glass and light within a video game where a battle for power has been waging for years. Utilizing numerous design and technical specialists from outside the traditional film industry, Kosinski and his team (some with architecture and automotive-design backgrounds) achieved several technological firsts in the film:

• The first 3-D movie shot with 35-mm. lenses and chip cameras (updating what Avatar had used)

• The first 3-D movie to integrate a fully digital head and body (to create the younger version of Jeff Bridges’s character, Clu)

• The first to make extensive use of self-illuminated costumes

• The first to create molded costumes from computer files using CNC (computer numerical control) technology

As for directing actors like Michael Sheen, Garrett Hedlund, and Tron alum Jeff Bridges, Kosinski told AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff he was slightly wary: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous stepping into the role of a director on a Jeff Bridges movie.”

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