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Scarlett Johansson stars in "Ghost in the Shell", a dizzying and visually stunning blend of live action with cutting edge computer generated effects.

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The film blends real actors and practical effects with vast CG environments, including the futuristic setting of New Port city.

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Johansson stalks the teeming streets of New Port City, with CG holograms and effects added in post-production to the live action shots.

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The cityscape includes towering hologram ads dubbed "solograms" by the filmmakers.

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One of the highlights of the original 1995 anime on which "Ghost in the Shell" is based is a fight scene in a waterlogged courtyard, with the towering futuristic cityscape in the background.

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The new film revisits the scene, building the background entirely from computer effects.

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Actor Daniel Henshall films the scene in front of a giant greenscreen, onto which the city will be added in post-production.

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Scarlett Johansson films the action in the waterlogged courtyard.

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The final shot with the background (and reflections in the rippling water) added.

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The effects team built a digital double of Scarlett Johansson for action scenes in which she wears special "thermoptic camouflage", which renders the character near-invisible.

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The Major amid the high-tech digital settings of the film.

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The film recreates the anime's iconic "shelling" sequence, in which the Major's cybernetic body -- her "shell" -- is assembled in a vat of liquid.

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A digital plate of the Major's robot body floating in liquid during the shelling sequence...

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...and the finished shot with atmospheric lighting effects added.

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A plate of Scarlett Johansson filmed in a blue bodysuit before effects are applied...

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...and after effects are applied, showing the insides of the Major's cybernetic body.

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