Finding Portrait Inspiration Through Tron

So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration. Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love … Continue reading

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So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration.

Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love the idea of a “digital world” existing and it’s just overall a great franchise to get into.

Quorra (played by Olivia Wilde) isn’t necessarily a huge inspiration for me, but more so a source of admiration. Throughout the movie she’s portrayed as being very pure in regards to her motives and actions. She knows a lot though reading books but doesn’t necessarily have any real knowledge of the outside world, but she’s always curious and willing to learn. She’s also amazing at driving, fighting, critically thinking, and has a beautiful way of viewing the world and is able to admire the things that regular people usually take for granted. Her features as well as her unusual haircut also make her very appealing as a character.

I don’t really find anyone (fiction or non-fiction) immensely inspiring, at least not so much where I’d want to dedicate a project to them so I just decided to use a character that I enjoyed watching.

It was very difficult to find a portrait styled image of Olivia Wilde as Quorra. Most of the pictures I found are of her profile which isn’t what was asked of this assignment. I was lucky to stumble upon this one so I quickly saved it and decided to use it. I find this photo of Quorra very interesting because it’s one of the very few that are in black and white. The Tron: Legacy franchise prides themselves on the hypnotic and electrifying lights and colors that are shown all throughout the movie and on their products so to have this photo be in just black and white really made it stand out from the rest.

Tron: Legacy Turns into a Gif Legacy

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 I decided to do a very simple gif of an image taken from one of my favorite movies, Tron: Legacy. I decided to create this sort of “turn off, turn on” type of gif because I think that at times humans feel the need to “turn off”, a lot like a robot can. Obviously this image is of the musical duo Daft Punk and there are indeed men underneath those helmets and suits but I think it’s really interesting the way they’ve incorporated the look of being robots into their image. Because, as I said before, humans can be a lot like robots. The wanting to “turn off” factor describes how a person feels when they just want to shut out the world for a bit and not engage in any sort of interaction with anyone or anything and I wanted to portray that feeling through animation and figured this was the best way to do it.

This gif can also be used as a sort of “pending” reaction gif. Say for example someone says something that you can’t quite comprehend at first so this could symbolize that you’re thinking about it but haven’t quite understood it yet.

I’m glad I decided to do this project because I gained a lot from it. Not only was I able to practice using Photoshop but I also practiced how to come up with ideas that I find creative and that truly express my interests. I can’t wait to make my blog so that I can post this on there and share it with other people besides my class.