VICON HOUSE OF MOVES COMPLETES STUNK MOTION CAPTURE FOR “TRON: LEGACY”
Vicon House of Moves (HOM), a leading animation and motion capture company, was hired by Grid Productions to complete seven days of motion capture prior to the release of “TRON: Legacy.” The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski and released by Walt Disney Pictures, opened on December 17, 2010.
The “TRON: Legacy” production crew spent five days rehearsing on the HOM stages followed by seven days of motion capture shooting. The crew shot high-impact stunt work along with more subtle body and finger poses, and movements of actors sitting on and riding the film’s signature Light Cycles at HOM’s 26,000 square foot studio. HOM was hired to contribute to the project based on the success of their previous collaboration with Grid Productions on motion capture shoots for the first “TRON: Legacy” teaser trailer that screened at Comic-Con 2008.
The principal cinematography crew was on set alongside the mo-cap team at HOM to capture live-action footage of select actors’ faces to map inside of the helmets of digital doubles that appear in the film. The HOM crew captured motion of the actors riding a modified Light Cycle prop that could be manipulated on the mo-cap stage. For the high-action stunt work, actors wore protective wires and getting thrown off of Light Cycles, and in multiple sequences, careening down a dolly track, wearing protective wires to simulate flying through the air after a high-speed crash.
“‘TRON: Legacy’ came in and benefited from working on both of the House of Moves stages, working on our fully enclosed soundstage to capture more subtle movements and our 70 foot long main stage which gave them the ability—and space needed to fling stunt performers long distances across the room,” said Scott Gagain, Executive Producer, Vicon House of Moves.
HOM’s talented team has contributed realism and emotion to digital character performances in a number of high-profile film projects, “G.I. Joe,” “Invictus” and “Spider Man” and game franchises “Call of Duty,” “God of War,” “Halo Reach” and more.
About the Movie
“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D action-packed adventure set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn’s Arcade—that could have only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually stunning universe—created by Kevin Himself—which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons and landscapes, and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.
“TRON: Legacy” is directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver and Steven Lisberger. The story is by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal, and the screenplay is by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D and scored by Grammy Award®–winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” opened in theaters on December 17, 2010.