As various VFX artists have begun speaking out about alleged poor working conditions for Marvel Studios projects, the cast and crew behind the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk: Lawyer has spoken up in defense of the VFX workers.
Speaking during a virtual panel for the upcoming series at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, star Tatiana Maslany praised the VFX artists behind the show, even as criticism was leveled at the show for how its CGI has looked.
“I feel 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 give them, in terms of cutting these things out,” Maslany said (via Variety). Head writer Jessica Gao was also on hand to discuss the ongoing criticism of Marvel Studios from VFX workers, noting that it’s “terrible” if they feel like they have to be rushed through in the way they work.
“It’s terrible that many artists feel rushed and feel that the workload is too great. I mean, I think everyone on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers and is very pro-good working conditions,” Gao said , while director Kat Coiro said that while they themselves were hard at work, they weren’t behind the scenes on the “long nights and days” of working on VFX for several series.
“If they feel pressured, we stand with them and we listen to them,” Coiro said.
The comments come shortly after various criticisms have been leveled at Marvel Studios from the VFX community, mainly due to the harsh working conditions, pay issues and claims of unprofessionalism from working with major studios. Issues cited by artists include overwhelming last-minute change requests, poor pay for overtime and other general issues that have led many VFX artists to claim they have considered leaving the industry due to the demands.