Working with director Rupert Sanders and Production VFX Supervisors Guillaume Rocheron and John Dykstra, MPC’s team lead by VFX Supervisor’s Arundi Asregadoo and Axel Bonami completed more than 1000 shots for Ghost in the Shell. The complex work required a close collaboration between the filmmakers and MPC’s team’s in Montreal, London and Bangalore who developed new shooting techniques and software tools to create the live action adaptation of the original Manga.
Here is our exclusive video with our media partners WIRED. Below Mike Seymour breaks down the visual effects from MPC in Ghost in the Shell.
One of the biggest tasks for MPC was to create the movie’s iconic futuristic world. The city had to be transformed from the original animated manga version into a photo-real environment. The visual effects team created a library of futuristic buildings and vehicles, elevated highway systems and traffic and crowd simulations. The world is showcased in stunning full CG flyovers, dubbed “Ghost Cams.” Not only were these shots extremely complex from a technical, artistic and logistical point of view but they were also integral to the storytelling, allowing the filmmakers to present the audience with an understanding of the future in which the story is based.
Major’s Thermoptic Suit and its invisibility effect are shown in a number of sequences throughout the film, from the iconic skyscraper jump and the Geisha Bot hotel hostage sequence to the trademark water-filled courtyard fight. For the courtyard fight sequence, the complexities lay in blending a 360 degree full CG environment, built to recreate the look and scale of the original manga, practical and CG water effects and the Thermoptic suit’s invisibility effect.
The film’s effects were created using a blend of computer graphics from MPC and practical animatronics from Weta Workshop. The production design is remarkable and so it is not just Major who is computer assisted. From the evil Spider Tank to the assassin Geisha Bots, there are a host of characters and complex visual effects work. The film is visually rich and complex.