She-Hulk Creators Respond To VFX Crunch: “If They’re Feeling Pressure We Stand With Them’ – IGN
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany joins the show’s creators in supporting VFX artists.
Appearing at the Disney+ Television Critics Association panel, the 36-year-old She-Hulk actress commended the VFX team on their work… and confirmed that she stands with them.
“I feel incredibly deferential to how talented these artists are and how quickly they have to work,” she said. “Obviously, way quicker than they should have to. I know there are a lot of eyes on the CG but I do think we have to be super conscious of how the work conditions aren’t always optimal and they’ve made these amazing strides in this tech. I feel very in awe of what they do and very grateful that we’re at the point where we get to work with them.”
Maslany will star as Jennifer Walters – the cousin of Bruce Banner who becomes Marvel’s She-Hulk in the upcoming Disney+ show.
But it’s not just the star who has the VFX team’s back – it’s the showrunners, too.
“We stand in solidarity with what they say!” said director, Kat Coiro. “If they’re feeling pressure, we stand with them and we listen to them.”
“This is a massive undertaking,” added head writer, Jessica Gao. “To have a show of this scale where the main character is CG is a very overwhelming and ginormous thing to take on and it’s terrible that a lot of artists feel rushed and feel that the workload is too massive. I think everyone on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers and is very pro-union and good working conditions.”
Marvel recently came under fire for its treatment of VFX artists after some shared their experience of working with the studio, calling the studio “inflexible”.
“Where I would usually have a team of ten VFX artists on a non-Marvel movie, on one Marvel movie, I got two including myself,” said one artist. “So, every person is doing more work than they need to.” Additionally, the She-Hulk series was initially slammed for its CG character, with Gao admitting that “lessons were learned along the way”.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.