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The Art of Tron: Legacy Hardcover – November 23, 2010
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About half the book is concept art and the other half is just film stills, and even if it's not exactly half, it feels that way.
Much of the concept art are actually the finalized designs. You won't see much iterations. It's like they nailed the design of the Light Cycle bike with the first try. Same applies for characters and environments. And the Light Jets are missing.
The selection of films stills included is also questionable, but I'm glad for the most part they look stunning visually, especially the ones that are showing more of the Tron world.
This book should still appeal to Tron fans. I'm not so hot about the book, but I've two colleages (fans of the film) raves about it.
As an art book, I'll give it 3 stars. As a visual companion or picture book, 4 out of 5 stars.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
There are several moderate length essays by the director, the original Tron director and the various production designers.
CLARIFICATION FOR THOSE DISAPPOINTED IN SO-CALLED LACK OF DRAWINGS: It was explained, more than once, that many of even the early ideas and sketches were done directly in 3D programs for a more efficient workflow, thereby allowing designers to actually hand off real files to the production houses after (Digital Domain mostly). Thus, when you read a complaint that most of what you see are just film stills, that's not really true. Though some early ideas were nearly film-ready, they were in fact "sketches", but done via 3D animation software. Where it was appropriate, like character design, you see more hand drawings, but it makes sense that objects and sets destined to be 3D CG would be iterated in the computer.
A few relatively minor criticisms: the binding is so-so. It looks good, but the feel of some of the pages opening fully just seems a little less than top quality.
I would have liked to see more done about what the various graphics in the movie actually meant (like what was the language and lettering all over the grid supposed to be). I'd also have like to see more of the identity disc info graphics discussed. They do address both of these things a bit, but it'd be nice to have more.
Others have mentioned the omission of basically the last 20 minutes of the movie. I was a bit disappointed too, as the bridge and portal design was really interesting, and I'd have like to check that out more. And of course the light-ship sequence was one of the most exciting scenes in the movie, and that's not there either. I think perhaps the book the came out a month or so before the movie, which probably meant the actual photos and designs were 6 months prior, and maybe the end section was not ready for publication. Or maybe they didn't want any "spoilers" which seems a bit silly for book you'll have years later. In any case I bought it knowing this before, and I'd buy it again.
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