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tron legacy

 

In early 2008, Simon was contacted by director Joe Kosinski to work on his upcoming feature film project, the then unannounced sequel to the 1982 cult movie TRON.

Simon relocated from Berlin, Germany, to Los Angeles, and joined the production design team under guidance of the director, and production designer Darren Gilford. The team, made of designers with backgrounds in creature design, fashion design, architecture, set design and transportation design, worked for over 2 years on a look that later would make Tron:Legacy an icon in the sci-fi movie universe.

Simon was tasked with over 10 different vehicles, and would apply his background in conceptual automotive design to the process.

The Hero Lightcycle was conceptualized by the time Simon joined the group, wich gave him a defined starting point to proportioning and surfacing this beloved vehicle. The car and the jets were designed by Simon from ground up, and saw his involvement up to the final set builds which were used in the film. The classic Lightcycle, originally created by industrial design authority Syd Mead in ther 80s, was updated by Simon to match the film’s language.

Simon appears briefly in the film in the background of the club scene.

 

And then there are the vehicles: all sorts of fabulous cars, bikes, tanks and jets. Daniel Simon’s vehicles. Not just a blockbuster action film, Tron: Legacy is also a kind of pop-culture nirvana.

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LIGHT CYCLE

Interest in creating a sequel to Tron arose after the film garnered a cult following. After much speculation, Walt Disney Pictures began a concerted effort in 2005 to devise Tron: Legacy, with the hiring of Klugman and Sternthal as writers.

Kosinski was recruited as director two years later. As he was not optimistic about Disney’s Matrix-esque approach to the film, Kosinski filmed a high-concept, which he used to conceptualise the universe of Tron: Legacy and convince the studio to greenlight the film. Principal photography took place in Vancouver over 67 days, in and around the city’s central business district. Most sequences were shot in 3D and ten companies were involved with the extensive visual effects work.

Chroma keying and other techniques were used to allow more freedom in creating effects. Daft Punk composed the musical score, incorporating orchestral sounds with their trademark electronic music.

VINTAGE LIGHT CYCLE

Light cycles make a return, with new designs by Daniel Simon. According to the press conference at Comic-Con 2008, a new vehicle appears called a “Light Runner,” a two-seat version of the light cycle. It is said to be very fast, and has the unique ability to go off The Grid on its own power. We also get a glimpse at Kevin Flynn’s own cycle, a “Second Generation Light Cycle” designed in 1989 by Flynn and is “still the fastest thing on The Grid.” It incorporates some of the look of both films.

A life-size model of the light cycle was put on display at a booth at Fan Expo 2009 in Toronto, Ontario from August 28–30, 2009, along with a special presentation of material from the production. The conceptual art shown at Comic-Con was shown in the session, along with some test film of the martial artists who play a more athletic style of Disc Wars.

LIGHT JETS

Light cycles make a return, with new designs by Daniel Simon. According to the press conference at Comic-Con 2008, a new vehicle appears called a “Light Runner,” a two-seat version of the light cycle. It is said to be very fast, and has the unique ability to go off The Grid on its own power. We also get a glimpse at Kevin Flynn’s own cycle, a “Second Generation Light Cycle” designed in 1989 by Flynn and is “still the fastest thing on The Grid.” It incorporates some of the look of both films.

A life-size model of the light cycle was put on display at a booth at Fan Expo 2009 in Toronto, Ontario from August 28–30, 2009, along with a special presentation of material from the production. The conceptual art shown at Comic-Con was shown in the session, along with some test film of the martial artists who play a more athletic style of Disc Wars.

DESIGN DRAWINGS

Light cycles make a return, with new designs by Daniel Simon. According to the press conference at Comic-Con 2008, a new vehicle appears called a “Light Runner,” a two-seat version of the light cycle. It is said to be very fast, and has the unique ability to go off The Grid on its own power. We also get a glimpse at Kevin Flynn’s own cycle, a “Second Generation Light Cycle” designed in 1989 by Flynn and is “still the fastest thing on The Grid.” It incorporates some of the look of both films.

A life-size model of the light cycle was put on display at a booth at Fan Expo 2009 in Toronto, Ontario from August 28–30, 2009, along with a special presentation of material from the production. The conceptual art shown at Comic-Con was shown in the session, along with some test film of the martial artists who play a more athletic style of Disc Wars.

DESIGN PROCESS

Light cycles make a return, with new designs by Daniel Simon. According to the press conference at Comic-Con 2008, a new vehicle appears called a “Light Runner,” a two-seat version of the light cycle. It is said to be very fast, and has the unique ability to go off The Grid on its own power. We also get a glimpse at Kevin Flynn’s own cycle, a “Second Generation Light Cycle” designed in 1989 by Flynn and is “still the fastest thing on The Grid.” It incorporates some of the look of both films.

A life-size model of the light cycle was put on display at a booth at Fan Expo 2009 in Toronto, Ontario from August 28–30, 2009, along with a special presentation of material from the production. The conceptual art shown at Comic-Con was shown in the session, along with some test film of the martial artists who play a more athletic style of Disc Wars.

The Lotus C-01 is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever created. Just look at it. Marvel at the majesty of this machine. It’s stunning. It’s also a fanciful, farcical take on what a 200-horsepower superbike should be in the 21st century. This is not surprising, given that the C-01 was designed by Daniel Simon.

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Certainly one of the most extreme modern motorcycles on the planet … With a look conceived by Daniel Simon, creator of the light cycles in the film Tron: Legacy, the bike unmistakably shares the same design DNA of its cinematic counterpart.

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