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Cinematic: Space Trip


By Jack Feuer

Published Apr 1, 2010 9:00 AM


Kosinski's TRON Legacy returns us to a world inside your computer.

For filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, director of the Dec. 17 Walt Disney Studios release TRON Legacy, "the digital effects used to make movies are the same ones that are used to teach architecture." He should know, having attended architecture school at Columbia University.

The sought-after commercial and feature film director, whose work fuses architecture, product design, engineering and music, will reveal much more about his unusual approach in a conversation with UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Professor Greg Lynn on May 10 in Perloff Hall.

Lynn has defined how designers and architects use computers as a medium, blending cutting-edge technology, contemporary art and science-fiction aesthetics with architectural form. Kosinski, one of MTV News' "10 to Watch in 2010," began his career making short films. In fact, his final project at Columbia was a short about architecture called Desert H20use, shot entirely with digital technology to create a completely computer-generated environment. What he calls "that little film" was noticed by Nike, which gave the young filmmaker several assignments. Work for Nintendo, Xbox, Chevrolet and Lincoln-Mercury followed.

Then the call came to helm the sequel to the famous 1982 film which, like the original, stars Jeff Bridges. The high-tech adventure, like the first movie, is set in a digital world, but this time audiences will see it in 3-D. It's just a natural progression for Joseph Kosinski, who says, "A design education is a great background for making the kinds of movies people want to see these days. It's about making worlds."

Joseph Kosinski in Conversation with Greg Lynn. Monday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. Perloff Hall, Room 1302. Free. For more information, call (310) 267-4704 or visit



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