Grant (Sputore) was open to us being experimental and trying some really original shapes and forms, so the first dozen designs were quite out there. Quite quickly we realised that we wanted the Mother character to be relatable and stick relatively close to the human form.
We had to lose the human silhouette as much as possible; but Mother still had to move and emote. The challenge was trying to work out how a person performs inside something that is meant to hide his limbs and joints.
We could feel Grant was making something special, so we were able to push ourselves. The whole team worked together to make it something really amazing.
It’s terrific to see that physical effects are alive and well in filmmaking! It was a wonderful thing for Weta Workshop to be granted the opportunity to craft an iconic robot for this extraordinary science fiction film. By combining artistry with technology, our crew were able to push the limits of their capabilities to design and build this incredible specialty costume. My heartfelt congratulations to the crew and to Grant and the I Am Mother team for what they have achieved.
Starring Hilary Swank and Clara Ruugard, with Rose Byrne voicing the title role, I Am Mother is streaming on Netflix now.
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