‘She-Hulk’ star Tatiana Maslany, director and head writer defends Marvel’s VFX artists amid CGI criticism

‘She-Hulk’ star Tatiana Maslany, director and head writer defends Marvel’s VFX artists amid CGI criticism

‘She-Hulk’ star Tatiana Maslany, director and head writer defends Marvel’s VFX artists amid CGI criticism

The “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” team is defending criticism of the Tatiana Maslany-led visual effects work on the show, amid a recent wave of VFX artists speaking out about alleged poor working conditions for Marvel Studios-produced projects.

“I’m incredibly in awe of how talented these artists are and how fast they have to work, obviously, like a lot faster than they probably should be given, in terms of mixing these things,” Maslany said. to reporters during a virtual panel about the upcoming Disney+ series at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday.

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Jessica Gao, who is the head writer of the series, added: “It’s terrible that many artists feel rushed and feel that the workload is too huge. I mean, I think everyone on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers and is in favor of good working conditions.”

“She-Hulk” director Kat Coiro noted that while she has worked with VFX artists on the show, “we’re not behind the scenes on those long nights and days.”

“If they feel pressured, we stand with them and listen to them,” Coiro added.

Maslany, Gao and Coiro were asked by a reporter about their experiences with the “She-Hulk” VFX artists and “how you feel about the final product,” noting that “there have been a lot of accounts recently that VFX houses … feel incredibly crushed by the studios in general and Marvel keeps getting called.”

Criticism specifically of Marvel Studios has been rampant online in recent months, starting with anonymous Reddit posts alleging overwhelming last-minute changes and poor overtime pay. An artist, Dhruv Govil, was posted tweeted in July that working on Marvel shows “is what pushed me out of the VFX industry,” claiming that Marvel is “a horrible client” and that he’s seen colleagues “fall apart from overwork, while Marvel tightens the purse strings. “

“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” has come under even more scrutiny because of its inherent premise, in which Jennifer Walters (Maslany) — an attorney specializing in superhuman legal cases — must navigate the complicated life of a 30-year-old . who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch supercharged Hulk.

Maslany’s transformation into She-Hulk requires a level of complex CGI work that most TV shows don’t have the time or budget to handle much, and the show’s first trailer was criticized for what some felt was unconvincing CGI work.

During the TCA panel, Maslany defended the visual effects on the show. “I think we should like to be extremely aware of how the working conditions aren’t always optimal and that they’ve made these amazing strides in this industry,” the actor said. “I’m watching it and it doesn’t look like a scene from a video game. I can see the character’s thoughts. I’m in awe of what they’re doing.”

Coiro also criticized how She-Hulk looks in the series. “I think it has to do with our culture’s belief in the ownership of women’s bodies,” she said. “There is a lot of talk about her body type. We based her a lot on Olympic athletes, not bodybuilders, but I think if we had gone in the opposite direction, we would have faced the same criticism. I think it’s very hard to win when you’re building women’s bodies.”

The nine-episode sitcom was moved Wednesday from its original Aug. 17 debut to Aug. 18. It stars Mark Ruffalo as Jessica’s cousin Bruce Banner (and also the Hulk), Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky (and also the Abomination), and Benedict Wong as Wong, as well as Jameela Jamil, Josh Segarra, Ginger Gonzaga, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

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