After getting an inside look at Ghost in the Shell's robot geishas at Weta Workshop, everyone's favorite über geek and one-half of the former MythBusters duo, Adam Savage, was given access to the movie's Thermoptic Suit worn by star Scarlett Johansson.
If you thought the suit was a fully rendered CGI creation, then this may come as a surprise: The full hero suit (four were made for ScarJo and four for the stuntwoman) is actually made out of silicon. Thanks to Weta Workshop, Adam Savage and the Tested team got the 411 on the Thermoptic Suit that renders The Major invisible.
Flo Foxworthy, costume artist at Weta Workshop and project lead, explained that as far as Weta was aware, no one has ever done a hero suit out of silicon before. There were a lot of processes involved in the making of it, including multiple castings and a huge amount of problem-solving (like using magnets to keep the shoulder parts moving with the rest of the costume).
Dozens of people and multiple departments had a hand in crafting the suit, which was apparently really hard to put on. But don't take my word for it -- have a look at the video below and let us know what you think about Weta Workshop's Thermoptic Suit. Ghost in the Shell opens on March 31.
(via Geek Tyrant)