Over the past few months, there has been a discussion online about VFX artists being unhappy when working for Marvel Entertainment. According to a Reddit thread, some artists are done working with Marvel, and they’ve been harboring those feelings for a while. However, the cast and crew of the upcoming She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Disney+ series stand in solidarity with these talented performers.
During TCA’s summer press tour, the She-Hulk panel, the showrunner discussed what’s going on with the VFX artists that Marvel has hired to work on its movies and TV shows. “I feel incredibly respectful of the talent of these artists and how quickly they have to work,” said EP and showrunner Jessica Gao. “Obviously much faster than probably [the amount of time] given to them, in terms of producing these things.
“I know there’s a lot of eyes on the CG and a lot of criticism or whatever, but I think we have to be super aware, as you say, that working conditions aren’t always optimal and that they have made such incredible progress in this industry [and] in this technology, where I look at it and see thoughts as opposed to, you know, it doesn’t look like a cutscene from a video game. Looks like I can see the person’s thoughts. I can see the character’s thoughts and I think that’s fair – I’m very impressed with what they’re doing. I’m so grateful that we’ve gotten to the point where, you know, we can work with these incredible artists.
Star Tatiana Maslany proclaimed she was pro-union, and director Kat Coiro added that they “stand with what they say. The truth is that we work with them, but we are not behind the scenes of these long nights and days. If they “I feel pressure, we are with them and we listen to them. You know, in terms of the criticism of CGI, I think it has to do with our culture’s belief in their ownership of women’s bodies. I think a lot of the criticism comes from feeling that they are able to rip the CGI woman. We talk a lot about his body type. And, you know, we based it a lot on Olympian athletes and not bodybuilders, but I think if we’d gone the other way, we’d face the same criticism.”
Gao added that some artists may feel rushed by what can be a huge workload, and that’s terrible. And that everyone on the panel stands in solidarity with these VFX artists, and they want better working conditions.
She-Hulk recently had its release date moved, and it will now air on Thursday, August 18, and will be released weekly until its finale on October 13. It works a little better with another Disney+ series Andor, which debuts on September 21, so the shows won’t be released on the same day again.
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