Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
We go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop to learn how their costume fabricators made the unique silicone “Thermoptic” suit that Scarlett Johansson wears in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell. With Tested contributor Danica wearing the costume, Adam Savage chats with costume technician Flo Foxworthy about the design and challenge of making this skin-toned practical suit.
This ultratight body suit made ScarJo hotter than ever
It appeared she wasn’t wearing one.
“The marketing campaign for Ghost in the shell seems to be ‘look! Scarlett Johansson naked! Well, almost naked, but we fooled you for a sec,’” wrote viewer Seamus Stackpoole on Twitter.
In one scene, Johansson’s character, a cyborg law-enforcement agent known as the Major, dons a “thermoptic” suit that allows her to basically turn invisible.
“Ghost in the Shell” is based on a popular 1989 manga series by Masamune Shirow, which was later adapted for a 1995 animated film. In one memorable scene, Major is shown stripping down to the suit and leaping off a skyscraper to slay a group of gun-wielding criminals.
“The thermoptic suit and the dive sequence from the original anime has occupied such an iconic place that the prospect of reconceptualizing was really exciting and intimidating,” Kurt Swanson, one of the film’s costume designers, tells The Post. He teamed with Bart Mueller to create the outfit.
“I think the qualities of the suit, rendering her invisible while still being lethal and the fact that it is essentially a flesh-colored second skin over her perfect machined body makes it such an enigmatic image,” Swanson continues.
The skintight sheath is textured with a puzzle-like pattern and proved to be among the most difficult pieces to craft in the effects-heavy film.
Swanson and Mueller worked with Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based prop and effects company co-founded by Peter Jackson, and spent nearly two months conceptualizing and creating the thermoptic suit.
The filmmakers wanted the piece to look a bit like skin and a bit like functional military gear with an otherworldly appearance, so the suit was ultimately molded out of stretchy silicone.
Johansson’s body was scanned with a computer, and a mannequin was created to her exact specifications upon which the outfit could be based. But the suit was actually created a size smaller than Johansson so that it would fit super snugly.
The torso section is a single piece with an invisible seam — the only one of the entire costume — running down the back from the neck. The legs, arms and shoulder pads were molded separately and fastened to the torso with hidden magnets.
The costume was so fragile, it couldn’t be set down on any surface, lest it get dented or pick up an imprint. It had to stored on a mannequin during down time. … (read more)
Source: New York Post