From the outset, our goal was to tackle this project with a ‘sky’s the limit’ philosophy. As a result, the Workshop has undertaken some of the most challenging and complex work we’ve ever faced. Seeing Rupert and his team bring it all to life – a mere five minutes’ drive away, no less – has been incredible.
At Wētā Workshop, we’ve been fortunate to have honed our skills and techniques on incredible projects which explore ‘future tech’ concepts. Films like, District 9, Avatar, Elysium, Chappie and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, Ghost in the Shell provides us with our biggest challenge to date. Rupert Sanders has elected to use prosthetic makeup effects, animatronic puppetry and good old fashioned models and miniatures. The work has been complex and fantastically enjoyable. The results promise to be a very special episode in our company’s history.
As principal photography ramped up at Wellington’s Stone Street Studios, Wētā Workshop On-Set Supervisor Joe Dunckley oversaw a contingent of Workshop crew members as they assisted the film’s production team on costume, makeup, and practical effects. Rob Gillies, the Wētā Workshop Supervisor responsible for masterminding the manufacturing on the floor, was brought on board to manage several sequences using the elaborate animatronic robot rigs built by the Workshop for the film.
Not long after production wrapped in mid-2016, the Wētā Workshop crew were thrilled to greet former Mythbusters host Adam Savage and his colleagues from popular American tech website, Tested. Savage and his team filmed several videos documenting Wētā Workshop’s practical geisha animatronics, endoskeleton, and thermoptic suit. Released in late February 2017, the clips have garnered more than 1.2 million views. Soon, that work will come to life on screen for all to see.
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