MEDIA HUB: Ghost in the Shell films in New Zealand

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have just released the film Ghost in the Shell which was shot in Wellington, New Zealand.

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have just released the film Ghost in the Shell which was shot in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Wellington City is arguably the film hub of New Zealand. Led by powerhouses like Weta Workshop, Weta Digital and Park Road Post Production, some of the world’s biggest movies have been made in Wellington, so much so it has been given the nickname 'Wellywood'.

With its compact size, artistic spirit, world-class coffee and progressive restaurant scene, it’s easy to see why Lonely Planet named Wellington the ‘coolest little capital in the world’. Wellington prides itself on an easy laid-back way of life that allows visiting celebrities to blend right in and live like locals.

Ghost in the Shell cast lives like a local in Wellington

After several months in New Zealand's creative capital city, Wellington became a home-away-from-home for many cast members. 

As the official filming location for Ghost in the Shell, many cast members have spoken about the city’s laid-back atmosphere, close proximity to the great outdoors and wonderful café culture. 

Actor Scarlett Johansson, who plays the role of “Major” in the film adaptation of the famous Japanese manga, said Wellington was one of the best cities she’d worked in.

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Follow in their footsteps - Ghost in the Shell cast experiences in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that prides itself on its stunning landscapes, Maori culture and hospitality.  It is a country that offers visitors the ability to immerse themselves in real film locations and follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s biggest stars. 

From the geothermal region of Rotorua in the central North Island, to the ancient volcanic Banks Peninsula in the South Island, Ghost in the Shell cast like Pilou Asbæk and Juliette Binoche were able to enjoy some of New Zealand’s unique and diverse offerings.  

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Red Robe Geisha finds home at WETA Workshop

In the lead-up to Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell U.S. premiere in New York on 29 March, an iconic costume from the film has been unveiled at the Weta Cave on Wellington’s Miramar Peninsula, where it will remain on free public display.

The Red Robe Geisha was created by five-time Academy Award-winning concept design and practical effects studio Weta Workshop in conjunction with costume designers Kurt & Bart.

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