It’s not enough that you physically control your giant, monster-fighting robot. You also have to emotionally bond with it, and, like a firetruck, there has to be two drivers. These are the kinds of things that you’ll learn when training to fight Godzilla’s second cousins (and one perpetually pissed off aunt), or when you see Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim.

This behind-the-scenes video gives us a glimpse into that bond between drivers and machine — one that requires you to give yourself over completely, to share your entire life experience with another person and a skyscraper-sized hunk of metal that punches monsters.

It’s kind of a bizarre idea, but it’s also nice to see that the movie involves some elements that demand (even on a surface-level) some humanity instead of seeing soldiers simply hop into colossal mecha-warriors like they were Hyundais and cruising around without much effort.  It’s also unsurprising that this much thought is going into the physics of a del Toro movie.

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