The Tron Legacy Costumes were revolutionary. The wireless costume lighting technology brought a whole new genre of cool to not only movie costumes but to fashion also. Since Tron came out in 2010 there have been a great deal of tutorials go up online but they seem to be scattered around the web.
Here I’ve attempted to bring the best tutorials together into one place so you don’t have to scour the web looking for info.
Light Technolgy: To learn more about the lighting technology used in Tron Legacy, I recommend SYS-Con Media. They ran an article all about Synapse’s SNAP Network OS, the company that designed the lighting control technology.
Olivia Wilde talks about “The Suits” from Tron Legacy and gives away some of the details and materials used in making the costumes.
Moviefone:Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges talk a little about their costumes and the process it took to put them on in this video clip.
This video gives some great shots of the details in the costumes. Skip ahead to minute 6 if you just want the costume and special effects lighting part. It also talks about the foam rubber and wiring of the costumes.
The L.A. Times: talked with Christine Clark (Co-Costume Designer) about the Tron: Legacy costume designs and she gives some great information about their build and the challenges she faced designing with this special lighting.
Tron: Legacy Costume Tutorials
EveningArwen has a great tutorial on making a Gem & Castor Costume. She includes great pictures on how to put together the electronics as well as how much the costume cost, where to get materials, and end product pictures. Highly recommended!
From Head to Toe has a Gem Makeup Video tutorial to help you complete your outfit with the sexy almost glowing makeup job sported in the movie.
Alita_b_angel posted a very detailed Quorra Costume build on LiveJournal.com. Her tutorial uses a wide variety of materials to make the boots, bodice, pants, hair, and electronics to recreate Quorra’s unique look. She uses EL Wire to build hers. Scroll to the bottom to see the finished product.
Makezine.com has a very different approach to creating a Tron-inspired costume. Using EL wire and various shoulder and body pads, it’s not a comprehensive tutorial and it’s not for someone who wants a detailed step by step. You’ll want to have some experience with wiring in order to follow this one but the finished product is cool.
Compass72 has done a lot of research on types of Electroluminescence (EL) and he has some tips on the factors that will go into your costume build. You may want to check it out. He also mentions a few stores where he found costume parts that he liked. I’ve noted them below so you can see them in an easy list.
- EL Components
- Body Armor
- Bohn Body Armor set
- SixSixOne Padded Shorts
- Lizardskin shin/knee guards
This Youtube video shows you how to make a Sam Flynn costume using led lights, foam, and cardboard. He has some great tips on where to get cheap lights, a disc, and how to modify them to get Flynn’s look. At the end of the tutorial he gives you the cost total as well as sources. The entire suit cost him around $60 – a screamin deal.
LED Light sources
GrayBean sells El Wire in a variety of colors and lengths. They have light blue, white, and orange among their color options and lengths vary from 6ft to 15 ft.
GrayBean also has a variety of EL Tape which is thicker and more “Tron-esk”. You can order it in 3 ft lengths. They do sell it in white and blue but not orange (although you may get away with red or yellow if you’re doing Clu).
Amazon sells two different Identity Discs that you can use as is or remodel and make them unique and awesome. The two sold are Sam’s Disc and Rinzler’s Disc. There are several tutorials on how to revamp your disc if you choose.
Inertia Designs sells custom Tron Disc kits that you can put together yourself. They are under $100 and there are detailed/picture instructions to help you put them together. On their website, they give a list of the kit contents as well as the tools you will need to have in order to put it together.
Main Fabric Types & Sources
The original costumes were made out of foam latex which is expensive (for a full body suit) and difficult to work with if you haven’t before.
Neoprene or a Wetsuit material are good alternatives to foam latex and can easily be found at a fabric store, scuba shop or on Craigslist.
Miliskin is a stretchy material like spandex. It was used to make Superman’s costume in Superman Returns (2006).
Lycra or Spandex is also super stretchy but skin tight like the Tron costumes (if you want to minimize your curves then go with Neoprene). Black & White are most commonly used (depending on who you’re making).
Pleather or Vinyl are great options for certain parts of the costumes but I wouldn’t use it as my main bodysuit fabric.
IF YOU HAVE AN AWESOME TRON TUTORIAL OR KNOW OF ONE THAT I HAVE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS POST THEN PLEASE EMAIL ME AT INFO@REDHEADEDSEAMSTRESS.COM SO I CAN ADD IT!