Weta Workshop, those geniuses behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, are at it once again this time with Ghost in the Shell. They’ve managed to be the stars of the film’s trailer, which showcases their new work on the geisha robots. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it below. Adam Savage (Mythbusters) traveled to New Zealand to speak with Sir Richard Taylor, CEO of Weta about how they made those robots and created a video of his trip.
The video dives right in with showing how they created the masks for the actors, choosing to go with 3D model printing and ceramic masks rather than makeup or CGI. Richard opens one of the masks, explaining how they designed the mask for comfort and based the design off of a Japanese actress, Rila Fukushima.
We get an in depth look at a destroyed version of one of the masks, and get to see up close the intricate hand crafted detail of the work they are doing there. Richard explains that they wanted to break conventions with this film. Usually when people think of the future and technology, everything is flawless and clean, here they wanted to blend that idea of having an advanced technology but made by artisans who could handcraft the materials so each one looked unique and beautiful. So really these geisha’s are a combination of future tech and inspired from 17th and 18th century art.
But it’s once they open the mask up that things get really cool.
Check out the full video here:
Over 120 people collaborated on the geisha’s alone. Ghost in the Shell hits theaters March 31, 2017. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, and Takeshi Tikano.
If you want to watch the film’s trailer and see the geisha’s in action, keep scrolling.