The Triple-I Movie Project
Whitney and Demos left Triple-I before TRON was done, and began setting up Digital Productions, using the Cray, the DFP, and with financing by Control Data Corp. Omnibus bought the F1 system from Triple-I in 1985, and that was my first exposure to it. One of the most amazing pieces Triple-I produced with the F1 was the famous scene of "Adam", or "The Juggler". A very primitive form of motion capture was done, painstakingly, frame by frame to capture live-action footage of an actual juggler, which was then digitized and applied to Adam. In the sequence, he juggles a three-dimensional cube, cone, and sphere, and in the end, dives into his hat. For its day, in 1983 or so, this was a truly amazing piece of work!
Note: This still appeared in the Omnibus Annual Report for 1984, and was taken from the Triple-I 4X5 files. Art Durinski pointed out that Adam's hands are blue in this still, not flesh-colored as in the final animation.