Adam Savage Shows Off the Wonders of 'Ghost in the Shell' Animatronics

Henrietta Brewer
March 1, 2017

Movie buffs have been talking about "Ghost in the Shell" since the release of its Super Bowl trailer early this month. One design that really stands out is that of the robot geishas, who appear in several trailers and hit Uncanny Valley territory perfectly: they're absolutely handsome, and terrifyingly creepy.

The film's robot geishas, who play a key part in advancing Scarlett Johansson's character's storyline, look like life-size porcelain dolls brought to life through a mix of modern electronics and old-school clockwork mechanisms.

During the latest episode of Adam Savage's show Tested, he went to the Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand to talk with Sir Richard Taylor about the geishas in Ghost in the Shell. The masks were molded from Rila Fukushima's face and customized for the actresses. He showed the insides of the mask, talking about how he tried to make it simple to get on and off, as well as making it comfortable, and easier for them to perform in. Taylor explained that the team (which consisted of between 120-150 people during production) created the look based on "clock makers of the 17th century" and mentioned the film Hugo as an influence. Stay tuned for more updates on the live-action adaptation of the hit anime series "Ghost in the Shell".

The posters feature Scarlett Johansson as Major, together with the seven members of her Section 9 task force: Batou (Pilou Asbaek), Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano), Ishikawa (Lasarus Ratuere), Borma (Tawanda Manyimo), Saito (Yutaka Izumihara), Ladriya (Danusia Samal) and Togusa (China Han). Are you guys excited to see the film?

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