Thomas Bangalter’s new movie project is a complete departure from his previous work on Tron: Legacy. As one half of Daft Punk, Bangalter’s work in creating the soundtrack to Tron has been highly praised by critics and by fans. It has been stated that the Daft Punk Aesthetic with its robotic costumes, is the perfect fit for a movie like the Tron remake. However, Bangalter’s latest score is for the short film First Point. The movie stars Lindsay Lohan as a surfer and is directed by an artist named Richard Phillips. No science fiction, no high technology; in this case, Bangalter’s synthesizers are used to create an atmosphere for the beach.
The French pair’s last album was Human After All which was released in 2005. Bangalter’s solo effort should not be taken as a sign of Daft punk’s demise, however. Another DP album is in the works. The new album features such stars as established singer songwriter Paul Williams and legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder.
The trailer released for the film shows the actress in a bikini on the beach and surfing (though it’s really her body double, professional surfer Kassia Meador). Bangalter's synthesizers are playing softly in the background. Despite the fact that it looks like a magazine shoot, the director considers First Point to be a mainstream movie.
For a long time, Daft Punk have sought to interweave visuals with their music. Their legacy (no pun intended) of visual media goes all the way back to 2007 with their short film Electroma. The pair have also stated their interest expressing themselves via visual media. Both Tron: Legacy and First Point could be seen as examples of this theme in their body of work.