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  • Greetings, programs! Welcome to the I/O Tower, a podcast for all things TRON, featuring interviews with creators of the classic film. I'm your host, David Fleming.
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Episodes
  • Harrison Ellenshaw, Part 3

    Aug 12 2021
    Greetings and welcome to The I/O Tower: a podcast for all things TRON. I'm your host, David Fleming. This is Part 3 in my three-part series with TRON associate producer and co-visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw. Harrison reflects on conceptual artists Syd Mead, Jean "Moebius" Giraud, and Peter Lloyd, and how their combined talent and vision for TRON was both intimidating and exciting. He describes the casting process, and the challenge of conveying the story of TRON to auditioning actors—a challenge not all would overcome. Harrison details many scenes, such as Jeff Bridges' improvised "big door", Flynn's Arcade, Dillinger's helicopter, and Wendy Carlos' iconic soundtrack. And Harrison was crushed that Yori's "love scene" was left out. We close the interview with funny voices on the set of TRON, and Harrison's film about making a film—"Stardumb (Dead Silence)". END OF LINE
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  • Harrison Ellenshaw, Part 2

    Aug 11 2021
    Greetings and welcome to The I/O Tower: a podcast for all things TRON. I'm your host, David Fleming. This is Part 2 in my three-part series with TRON associate producer and co-visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw. We pick up with Harrison joining the TRON team as they figure out how to do the special effects, what it will cost, and how long it will take. Problems quickly arise, such as inked film cels stuck together and boxes of film being crushed! Harrison discusses his matte painting of the Encom office cubicle "popcorn" scene—the only matte painting in TRON. He also discusses the colors used in backlit scenes that give the electronic characters their glow, and the challenges in working with multiple colors and exposures. END OF LINE
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  • Harrison Ellenshaw, Part 1

    Aug 10 2021
    Greetings and welcome to The I/O Tower: a podcast for all things TRON. I'm your host, David Fleming. This is Part 1 in my three-part series with TRON associate producer and co-visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw. Harrison tells us how he began at Disney as a matte painter, and how that work led him to Industrial Light and Magic to work on "Star Wars" and again later on "The Empire Strikes Back". Before "Empire", Harrison worked on Disney's "The Black Hole" alongside his father, famed matte painter and special effects creator Peter Ellenshaw—an experience Harrison describes as a true blessing. "The Black Hole" was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. After "The Empire Strikes Back", Harrison found himself out of work when a desperate call from Disney led to his next job—and a chance meeting with Steven Lisberger, who had just pitched TRON to Disney. END OF LINE
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