I’ve Been Taking Kind Of A Break On Film Making This Last Week Or So… And During This Time I’ve Been Watching Some Films That Inspire Me… Two Thirds Into It I Actually Took Out My Camera And Aimed It At The T.V. For These Shots;
Flynn And His Son Wait To Make A Move
(Just Liked The Look Of This Shot)
Flynn (The Creator) Arrives In Zeus’s Club
(My Favorite Moment Of The Film, Still Gives Me Chills When I Watch It)
Another Great Shot Of Flynn Arriving In Zeus’s Club
(The Drama… He Is, ‘Neo’ Obi Wan)
Flynn Secures Transportation To The Portal
(Ala Obi Wan “These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For…”/Force Style – TRON Translation via Reprogramming + A Swift Bonk To The Guard’s Head)
Look No Hands!
(That’s A Glowing Disk Flying By Her On The Left, Great Moment)
Flynn Calls Them To The Ship He’s Secured
(Pretty Crazy Shot)
Flynn On The Bridge Leading To The Portal
(Sacrificing Himself Ala Obi Wan/Luke Skywalker Style… Such Drama… Some Of This Story Is So Shakespearean)
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As I’ve said many times before, The Original “Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” were the two Films that Inspired me to Pursue Film Making…
But I thought it was time I Truly Shared My Path Through the Sci-Fi Genre, which basically started in the 70’s for me when I was very young.
Space 1999 (1975-1977)
Now I don’t remember when I started watching “Space 1999”, it probably wasn’t as early as 1975… But sometime when I was very young, I did watch it… And it was Cool, Lol
Wow, that was kind of painful, Lol… The 70’s man, Lol
Then came the Original “Star Wars”, and that was it, I was ‘hooked’ on Sci-Fi.
I was Han Solo, My Brother was Luke, and My Favorite All Time Villain Became Darth Vader.
Star Trek (1966-1969)
And of course “Star Trek” Reruns were on T.V. frequently, which were just Awesome… Spock was, and is, my favorite Star Trek Character.
The Ultimate in Sci-Fi Melodrama, Lol… With a sprinkle of Shakespearean Undertones for Good Measure, Lol
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979)
Wow… Wow… The 70’s… Wow, Lol
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
“TAKE YOUR STINKING PAWS OF ME YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” Lol
We Loved this Show, Lol
She regrets taking us, Ha
But in the end, I think we survived it ok, Lol
Uh, Yeah… It was pretty scary for a couple of young kids, Lol
Flash Gordon (1980)
We Loved This Flick, as Cheesy as it was, Lol… In fact I not only met Timothy Dalton years later, but My Current Cat is also Named “Baron”, after the Timothy Dalton Character, Lol Not to mention “Queen”, and more specifically “Freddy Mercury” was my Favorite All Time Singer…
Spaceships, Hawkmen, Queens Music… Yeah, this was my kind of Flick, Lol
And of course, One of My All Time Favorite Films, “The Empire Strikes Back”… Han was My Man, and this Film was definitely His Film.
In My Opinion, the Best Sci-Fi Film Ever… No “Star Wars”… No “The Empire Strikes Back”… No “Star Wars”… And so it Goes, Lol
But I will Say The First Two Star Wars Films are one of My Main Motivations Behind My Focus of “Characters”, “Story”, and “Character & Story” Development. And the Importance of a Great Villain.
Blade Runner (1982)
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
One of the Best Sci-Fi Lines, and Scenes Ever… Wridley Scott is a Film Genius Basically… And of course the Writer Philip K. Dick, whose “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” Book it was based on.
At a Time when We Lived in Video Game Arcades, it was like Being in One of them…
And the List goes on and on… But those were the one’s that got My Bro and I Off the Ground so to speak, in regards to Sci-Fi.
Thanks For Listening/Watching/Reading
It was there that I began to Conceive a Story Concept that I Still to this day have not Fully Written…
It Was a Film Concept, in which would be a Blending of Both Actual Actors, and Computer Animation… Something that I hadn’t Truly Seen Before.
Granted The Closest Thing that I had seen to it was The Original 1982 Tron, Which I Actually Saw in a Movie Theater, Lol… Yes, I’ve got a 28 Year Old Spirit, but I am Older than that, ha
TRON was Way Ahead of its Time Technology Wise… And Film Making Wise as well… I believe they used something like 6 Different Forms of Animation in that Film… Several of them which were “Revolutionary”… In fact, if you watch the very end of that scene again, you’ll notice that once they Go Through The Wall, The Animation Actually Changes…
And In This Story Concept, I actually had a Form of Bike which was Lit Up by Lights, but it didn’t take place inside of a Computer like in Tron…
But it did Take Place in the Future…
Another Inspiration that may have played a role in this Aspect of My Story Concept, was My First All Time Favorite Anime’ Feature… Akira
Now Akira came out in 1988, but I didn’t see it until like 1998…
But it was Probably This Next Scene that Actually Truly Inspired Me About Akira
And for All Those “Purests” Out There, Here’s The Same Scene, but in Its Original Japanese Spoken State
Well Since 2000 when I sat at My Computer, Listening to The Oregon Rain Outside My Window, in a Room where Basically The Light From the Computer Monitor Lit Up The Whole Room, Lol
And Listening To an Album by Christopher Lawrence, Called “City of Angels” (Same Name as the Film, but this is something Different), or “Temptation“, which Sadly I can’t Find on Line to give you a Sampler… Correction, I can’t Find A Link to a Song Called “Medusa”, which was The Main Song I played over and over again While Conceiving This Project.
But I did Find One Track from the Album Here…
But as many of you know, I sat down “Film Making in 2003”, and Screenplay Writing in 2006, so I kind of ended up leaving that Story on the Back Burner.
Then to My Amazement, come 2010, They Finally Did a Sequel to the Original TRON, Which was TRON: Legacy
Which I Actually Reviewed a Bit Back Here An Opus Of Light – TRON: Legacy In Review
(Sadly You’re goina have to Follow This Link to YouTube To Watch This Scene, but It’s Worth It)
Ironically, My Story was about a Father and Son, which TRON: Legacy was basically about, but mine is a total Different Concept.
None the less, the way “Clu” looks in this Film, and the Way The Bikes Look, is very Similar to what I had Conceived back in 2000…
I Guess If I go forward with Writing it at some point, I’ll have to be careful about it, Lol
Thanks For Listening/Reading/Watching
An Opus Of Light…
TRON: Legacy In Review;
As someone who actually saw the Original TRON in 1982, I can simply say this. Wow. And, Thank You. Talk about being Brought Back to where the first one left off. But for the sake of the people who never saw the Original TRON, let me give you a quick overview.
Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), Creator of Several Computer Games for a company called Encom, had his Ideas Stolen by a Man named Ed Dillinger (David Warner). At the Beginning of the Original TRON Flynn has created a Program called CLU (Also Played by Jeff Bridges), and he is trying to infiltrate Encom Computer System to find Proof that he was actually the Creator of these games. Also working for Encom (As a Side Note) is a Scientist that has Created a Device that can Change Matter into a Digital Form of itself. Though Dillinger is the one that Stole Credit for Flynn’s Game Designs, what’s truly in Charge of Encom is their Computer System itself. An Artificially Intelligent Master Control System, which is looking to Build up it’s Data Base in ways such as Penetrating the Pentagon’s Computers Etc., if I remember correctly. Basically Artificial Intelligence Gone Wrong. Even Dillinger is being Black Mailed into Submission by the Master Control. Our Final Element of the Story is a Programmer who works for Encom by the name of Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner). Alan has Created a Systems Security System called TRON, which is basically a Watch Dog Security System that is designed to keep an eye on the Master Control System. The Master Control determines that Flynn has infiltrated his System, and so cuts all Higher Access to Encom’s Computer System, including Flynn who has a Special Access, and Alan who has access so that he can finish his TRON Security Program, and Activate it. When Flynn finds out that his access is now denied, from Alan who out of frustration has contacted him, he flips. Fortunately for both men Alan is Dating Flynn’s Ex girlfriend, who has Access to Encom via her Position as Assistant to the Scientist who has Created the Matter to Digital Device. The three of them then enter Encom so Flynn can have direct access to The Master Control. In response The Master Control then, as a way to protect itself, turns the Matter to Digital Device on, directs it at Flynn, and wola, Flynn’s transported to the Digital World of Programs. In this world Programs take on the Physical Form of their Users (Program Writers), so when Flynn comes across TRON (Also Played by Bruce Boxleitner), Alan’s Security Program, it looks just like Alan.
In the end, Flynn and TRON are able to defeat the Master Control, and transport Flynn back to Human Form, where he then takes control of Encom. That is where the TRON First Film left off. Let’s Move On.
The Story; Our Story begins 7 years later, in 1989. Flynn is telling his young Son Sam about The Grid, basically the Digital World that he had entered. He tells him he’ll talk to him more next time, and is never seen again. He’s disappeared.
Our Story then moves 21 years later, 2010, where Sam is the major share holder of Encom, but other than that has nothing to do with the running of the company. Much to Alan’s dismay, as he is a member of the Board. Sam does however annually mess with the company, as a rebellious act towards Encom, potentially out of anger because of the loss of his Father.
Alan receives a Page (Yes he actually has a Pager, lol) from Flynn from his old Place of Residence, an upstairs room in an Arcade that he also owned. Alan tells Sam, and he checks it out. Sam is then hit with the Matter to Digital Beam, and is now in the Program World.
In this World, like the first film, Programs are either Reprogrammed for the Rulers Use, or thrown into “The Games”. The Games Consist of Disc Battles, and/or Light Cycle Combat. If you haven’t seen the First Film then let me just say, the Disc Battles, as well as Light Cycle Combat was cool and basically made the first TRON, and in this New Sequel is about 100 times cooler. Just see it.
I’ll take this moment to say the Program World is basically a World of Lights, Coupled by a Solid Musical Score Crafted by a Band called “Daft Punk”. When you watch this movie, turn down your Right Brain Senses of Logic Etc., and Heighten your Left Brain Senses of Art and Existential Beauty, and just Enjoy the ride.
Back to the Story. So after a Session of Games Sam is brought to the Now Leader of this Digital World. CLU. That’s right, CLU, the Program from the First Film that Flynn had Created to infiltrate Emcom.
CLU then does battle with Sam, but Sam is Freed from the Games by a girl named Quorra.
Played excellently by Olivia Wilde (Of House Fame). If you know anything about me, you know I like Strong Female Characters, and she does not disappoint. Quorra then leads Sam to his actual Father Flynn. That is as much of the Story as I’m going to say/tell, but if you love Visual Magnificence, and Dig Digital Trance Like Music, than this film is for you. Not to mention Exceptional Performances from Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hudland, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner and Michael Sheen.
Kevin Flynn/CLU (Jeff Bridges) – As Both Kevin Flynn, and CLU. What can I say about Jeff Bridges, he is an Absolute Brilliant Actor. A Creature of his Craft. He is the Backbone of both the Original TRON, and this New One.
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hudland ) – Talk about a Tough Role, not only Playing The Son of Flynn the Lead Character in the first Film, but also having had Jeff Bridges play that Role, who is a Hard Act to Follow. Garrett does an Exceptional Job in a Role that basically could have Made or Broke this Film.
Quorra (Olivia Wilde); Like I said above, Quorra did an Excellent Job portraying a Creature of the Program World. Naive, yet Wise and Capable.
Zeus (Michael Sheen) –Michael Sheen is just an Extraordinary Actor, and his Portrayal as Zeus is Stunning. I knew of him from the “Underworld” Films, as Leader of the Lycans,
Alan Bradley/TRON (Bruce Boxleightner) – Nothing like a Little Humility to an other wise World of Lights and Music. Bruce Brings a Humbleness to both the TRON Films in his Portrayal of Alan. And as TRON in the Original Film, he Shined.
Director; Joseph Konsinski had the unruly task of bringing forth a Sequel to a Film that was at it’s time Ahead of it’s Time. Perhaps that’s why the 28 Year Separation of the Two Films Worked. Steven Lisbergers (Creator, Screenplay Writer, and Director of the Original TRON) Dream is Alive and well. Well done Joseph.
Writer (‘s); Edward Kitsis (Screenplay, Story), Adam Horowitz (Screenplay, Story), Brian Klugman (Story), Lee Sternthal (Story), Steven Lisberger (Characters, Creator of the Original TRON) and Bonnie Macbird (Characters, Co-Story of the Original TRON)
Overall Rating; A Solid A. Maybe you think I’m too Generous in My Ratings, but as a TRON Fan this Film hit the Mark. And as a Film Maker, it was a Visual Wonder. Enjoy/Check it out. P.S. The Bigger the Screen you see this on, the Better. But even a 9″ would be fine.
Talk about Nostalgia, Video Games take me way back. I thought I’d throw together a list of Video Games that I liked growing up. I’d also love to hear what you liked… Lets get this going.
May have liked this game cuz I was good at it, lol
2) DONKEY KONG
Was never very good at this game, but I liked it. There was also Donkey Kong Jr., I was even worse at that, lol. I remember there was this song by The Steve Miller Band that reminded me of the Music in Donkey Kong whenever I’d hear it.
lol, I’ve never seen that video before. It’s at the end of the song… Or maybe it’s just me, lol
Maybe you’ve heard of this one, lol But for some reason I was always better at Mrs. Pac-Man
For those of us that prefer eating dots with a bow on our head… I suppose… Hmm
4) DIG DUG
5) MISSILE COMMAND
Man that’s an old one… Hmm
6) SPY HUNTER
Used to play that one after school at a 7-11
Man that’s an old one too, lol Keep in mind my mom worked at a Pizza Place when I was really young, during the summer my brother and I would go with her to work sometimes. She’d give us maybe $5 each we’d play for a whole!!! Half an hour, lol
8 ) TRON
I’ll end with one of my fave’s
Go ahead and hit me with your Coleco Visions and Nintendos etc., lol Sadly I missed those, but I’d love to hear which one’s you grew up with
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