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Tron: The Beginner's Guide
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Lisberger secured Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan to star, using real video games of the time to help the actors understand the concept. “Back then there was nothing,” recalls the director. “There was just a Pong game sitting in the corner of the stage. Bup-bup-bup-bup. And one would say, ‘We’re in there.’ Everything else had to be extrapolated from that game.” He also recalls that David Warner had an easier time working with the featureless space than any of the others. “I think there was a certain appeal to the actual environment we were shooting in. We didn't use blue screen or green screen, but we did use black, so everything was black and white. There was an expressionistic art deco feel when one was on the set. With David Warner being from the stage, he related to that.” Tron took six months of pre-production, four months of shooting and then nine months to complete the effects. The crew treated the movie more like an animated production than a regular live-action piece, but still often struggled with techniques that were being invented as they were needed.

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