Ghost in the Shell invites the fans to take a look behind the scenes of the costume department. For director Rupert Sanders, costumes are important, ‘I think for acts, it (costumes) is such a big part of what they are doing. You know, they always say when they step into the wardrobe, they finally kind of become the character.’
Sanders, who is a big fan of Ghost in the Shell, formed his own version of the series while paying respect to the original and managed to make a new kind of science fiction movie. As for the costumes, Bart Swanson said, ‘We wanted to do something that was both, honoring the original source material, but also super distinctive and memorable.’
The costume designers said that they focused a lot of energy on the geisha robots, ‘We wanted them to feel traditional but we also wanted to use untraditional materials. One of the really traditional elements of a kimono, like geishas wear it, is the obi, the belt. We wanted to take the traditional obi methodology but incorporate our own motif on it.’ They said that they ended up using a pattern of circuitry-like lines on the obi, as one would find in the faces of the geisha robots, ‘There was a lot of talk about whether this would be like a silicone mask or whether it was gonna be a hard mask. We ended up doing a hard mask and hard hair, which I think was really beautiful in the end.’ Sanders said about the geishas that they are a really terrifying character, ‘Every time you shoot with a geisha, they’re entombed in hard-shelled masks, which have fans in the hair pieces and vents at the backs.’ Sanders revealed about the things they did for the actor wearing the costume and we can catch a glimpse of Rila Fukushima wearing the geisha costume in the video.
The camouflage suit of the Major was made together with Sir Richard Taylor, who has won 5 Academy Awards for his work on special effects. The suit is practical yet stylish and seeing it made Kurt Swanson say that it is a new kind of technology that makes Scarlett Johansson look amazing.
Taylor made a full-body silicone suit for the first time. He mentioned that any artist would have participated in this amazing project. He also said the audience will see a unique and dynamic world full of charming characters that we can’t find anywhere else.
You can watch the short BTS clip here:
Hollywood Movie Adaptation ‘Ghost in the Shell’
Released in Japanese theaters 7 April 2017.
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