It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action

The opening credits of Ghost in the Shell are a stunning visual masterpiece — so when a team of artists decided to create 39 live-action still frames recreating shots from the opening, this was a major undertaking.

Graphic designer Ash Thorp has worked on Amazing Spiderman 2, X-Men: First Class and Person of Interest, but this was a pure labor of love. He assembled a team of 30 artists to recreate the beautiful shots from the GitS opening, but he's not involved with Dreamworks' in-development live-action remake.

"I originally wanted this to be just a fun side project to create with some friends on my free time over a time span of a month, if that," Thorp tells The Verge. "But as we opened up the opportunities it got bigger and more complicated as the team grew."

Below, see a few of the most arresting stills, along with a short video on the making of Project 2501 — but there's tons more at Thorp's site. (Warning: video below and some of the stills at Thorp's site are NSFW.)

It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action

It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action

It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action

It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action

It Took 30 Artists To Redo Ghost In The Shell's Opening In Live Action