#5 TRON (1982)
Production Designer: Dean Mitzner
Art Direction: John B. Mansbridge & Al Roelofs
Most of the film was shot in black & white, and production designer, Dean Mitzner covered the set in miles of black-flocked paper, giving the post-production process a non-reflective palette to work from. Taking this raw footage the team incorporated backlit animation, and scenes were processed on large format film, then painstakingly colored over (rotoscoped) to blend with the technological CGI look. While elements of the film may look dated today, it holds a production design quality that continues to influence our technologically driven culture. Barry was greatly influenced in how the film completely relocates its audience into another dimension, both visually and conceptually.
The clip above features the original lightcycle sequence from the 1982 film, which traverses the CGI world of TRON. This particular clip uses Daft Punk's music score from the TRON: Legacy (2010), but had better video quality than most clips of the scene online. The original production art stills from the 1982 film below show the live-action scenes designed and colored by production artists.