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Tron FX

Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 6:39pm

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Just wondering how the makers of TRON got that nice glow effect on the suits the programs were wearing?

Any Ideas?
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 6:43pm

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anonymous

I kind of understand how they did i back in the day, (http://www.cyberroach.com/tron/tron.htm) but is there a better way now?
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 6:50pm

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Im sure theres way of digitally tracking lines on clothes or objects, and adding effects to them, but I dont think u could do that cheaply. Could u not do it with Ultra Violet lights
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 6:59pm

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Are you talking about the movie or the game?
Edit: Oh sorry redface I didnt clearly understand read your post.
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 7:44pm

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anonymous

The movie, they used a technique called backlighting but I thought there was an easier way now.
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 8:22pm

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I think I remember them talking about using a black light back then. I may be wrong.
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 8:38pm

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For the original movie, they filmed tha actors in white suits with black lines, created a negative film image from that, then backlit it so the lights came through where the lines were. And they shot that frame by frame (like traditional animation), so it took a really long time. not sure about an easier way to do it, though.
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 9:56pm

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I've been wanting to make a Tron fanfilm for so long. Then The Strokes went and made the video for 12:51 look like that and it only spurred me along. I'd really be interested to know how THEY did that. They probably didn't do it the old fashioned way...
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 10:46am

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Could try filming it with suits made partially of greenscreen material. Then use Chromanator to remove the green, place a background plate of the appropriate glow colour behind, blur the alpha a bit to get it to spill over.

Haven't tried it myself, but it might work.
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 11:46am

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Aculag

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yeah, and then just color correct it to look the way you want it... Then... you might do a bit of rotoscoping on certain bits. That might work...
Posted: Wed, 4th Aug 2004, 3:04pm

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Maybe this is usefull...Don`t know
Tutorial for photoshop.

http://mysite.verizon.net/fragglerock/tronglow/tutmain.htm
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 12:08am

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Thanks Katsu, that's a helpful tutorial for something I'm working on.

Mantra
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 8:46am

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Hope its just a still image ^^°
I think it will be difficult to use this tut for a whole movie clip...
Please post your results ^^

edit:
wow ^^ thx for the +
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 9:04am

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UV paint and UV lamps would probably do it. A couple of years ago I was involved in a stage production of As You Like It where the director wanted the wrestling match replaced with some sort of computer game - we just painted a UV grid on the stage and UV patterns on the combatants, turned on the blacklights and it ended up looking pretty good.
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 3:21pm

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Mantra

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Katsu wrote:

Hope its just a still image ^^°
Yeah, it is a still image,though not Tron related in subject matter.

Thanks again
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 5:24pm

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Rating: +1

I'll be putting up a Chromanator tutorial next week detailing how to do the TRON glowy effects in a fairly easy way.

Here's a few glimpses at some test things I threw together pretty quickly:




Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 5:30pm

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Katsu

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Yeeee-haaw! Finally you posted it *g*
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 5:58pm

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THATS CRAZY INSANE!!!!!1111
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 5:58pm

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Ooo' I like the last one.
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 9:14pm

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That's pretty hot, Tarn.
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 11:29am

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very very very cool indeed! Nice work Dr Jones! smile
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 11:33am

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Hajiku_Flip wrote:

Ooo' I like the last one.
Your not the only one!
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 4:42pm

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god i hate tron, in my opinion the worst film every made.
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 4:46pm

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special reason? o.O