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Tested Checks out Weta’s Ghost in the Shell Props

by Lambert Varias

Weta Workshop is not only making statues based on the live action Ghost in the Shell movie, they also made some of the props and costumes for the film itself. Adam Savage and Tested were given an all-access pass to Weta’s shops so we can get a great look at how they were made. Some of you may have already seen the video above, where Weta CEO and co-founder Richard Taylor talks about how they made the masks and animatronics for the robot geisha.

The geisha heads are based actress Rila Fukushima’s face. You may know Rila as Yukio from The Wolverine, but she’s also a part of the Ghost in the Shell movie. For the masks, Weta insisted that their outer shell be 3D printed out of porcelain to capture the perfect elegance of geisha while also giving them that cold robotic look. The masks’ elaborate hair hides fans and intake vents to make life less miserable for the actors wearing them. As for the animatronics, Taylor can only shake his head and chuckle because it would take an entire documentary to break down how much work went into that seemingly simple flower petal mechanism and the almost steampunk skeletal and muscular system inside.

Moving on to Tested’s second video, Adam spoke with Weta costume artist Flo Foxworthy about their take on the Major’s thermoptic suit. It’s mostly made out of different types of silicon and comes in several pieces, some of which attach to each other using magnets. The bathing suit-like torso piece has only one seam, which is hidden in the back. Speaking of bathing suits, the costume is actually sized similarly, i.e. it’s smaller than the actual size of Scarlett Johansson – and whoever else will be wearing it – because they wanted it to stretch and fit over the actors’ bodies just like a swimsuit or a diving suit would. I hope Tested has more of these videos on the pipeline.

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