This was too beautiful to not share, but the content is slightly NSFW so approach with caution.

Ash Throp leads a team of incredibly talented artists recreating the opening sequence of Motoko Kusanagi’s body being built through a series of stills that truly capture the essence of the animated original.

According to their website for the project (Linked here, slightly NSFW) the mission of the project is as follows:

A respectful homage to Shirow Masamune’s manga and Mamoru Oshii’s seminal film “Ghost in the Shell”, this is a modernized direction that still tries to stays true to the original creator’s vision. What started as a photo tribute directed by Ash Thorp and Tim Tadder (photography), soon became a worldwide collaboration of more than 20 artists from around the world, with each and everyone coming together to help breath life into the project, resulting in the artistic interpretation you see below.

For a film that was a comment on the uber-connected society of the future, Project 2501 ended up being itself an example of how this collaborative group of creatives are so connected ourselves. Many of us never met beyond the communications provided by the vast and infinite net, but still came together to make the ultimate tribute to “Ghost in the Shell”. Everyone of us wanted the opportunity to pay homage to a ground-breaking film that gave us so much.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our effort to capture the energy and beauty of the original film’s title sequence.

The photography here is stunning and a true homage to the Mamoru Oshii original and a great way to bring closure on our coverage of Ghost In The Shell’s 25th anniversary.

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Visit the site for all the stuff that we couldn’t post, including a behind the scenes video!

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