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Tron: Legacy vehicle designer reveals secrets
15 December 2010
Last updated at 16:17
Tron: Legacy's concept vehicle designer talks sci-fi motorbikes, cars and skintight laser suits.
With Tron: Legacy ready for release, Newsbeat entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson caught up with Daniel Simon, vehicle concept designer.
Simon used to design Bugatti luxury cars before getting hired to create the futuristic vehicles of Tron. "This is my dream job, I'm still drawing cars like a little boy," he told Natalie.
"These designs wouldn't work in the real world," he said. "They make total sense in a computer world. It's fantasy and it's entertaining," the German designer continued.
"We tried to not go very flashy, because if you go superflashy you know it's going to be dated very soon. The hubless wheels are pretty tricky, they look awesome but are hard to build," he added.
"Of course the light cycle is my favourite," Simon said. "But also the light runner which our heroine Quorra is sporting, and also the jets. I like aeroplanes because they look so elegant."
"The film is a simulation of the real world," Simon explained. "If you were in that world you'd think that was the best motorcycle you can have, but if you took it to London it's the worst!"
"The director decided what he wanted to film in reality and what he wanted on computers. Most cockpits were real so the actors feel at home and can turn a steering wheel and shift a gear."
"On set they had to save battery life all the time for all the suits," Simon revealed. "Just a second before the director would say action every actor would switch on their suits and it was like 'bing!'"
Tron: Legacy is the sequel to a 1982 sci-fi film Tron. It tells the story of Sam Flynn, who finds his missing father in a mysterious digital world, and their attempt to get back home.
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