To have to pull this hyperspectral camera apart and then start looking at how every element works in, and even how it’s held together, right down to the type of screws and mounting points …It needed to be totally convincing from the inside out.
The decision around materiality – how we could get the look, how we could get all the detail captured in there but still keep them light enough so they weren’t fatiguing the actors on set – was a big consideration too. They also function a little bit, which is pretty cool.
The almost surgical-like level of finish on these props and weapons was something special. Knowing that one of the hero props was going to get taken apart and you were going to see inside it – that’s not something we usually get to do. It was an awesome challenge.
Those wondering if Weta Workshop’s hyperspectral camera, plasma rifles and high-tech combat suits will be enough to defeat the otherworldly forces that threaten them, need wonder no more. Starring James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, and Bruce Greenwood, Spectral is screening on Netflix now.
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