The TRON Test Reel (1981)

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From the DVD supplements: "Uncertain that the proposed visual effects techniques would work on film, Walt Disney Studios commissioned TRON director Steven Lisberger to create a test reel. The 30-second film was shot in both VistaVision and 35mm anamorphic formats using actors dressed in light gray costumes against white backgrounds." Worth noting is that there is no computer animation in this test; it was solely made to demonstrate the backlight animation. David Warner appears in this test as Sark. There is no sound on this video as there isn't on the DVD or laserdisc releases. No footage from the final film appears, though this reel was used in creating the National Association of Theater Owners preview that can be seen here: