An anonymous VFX artist shared what it is like working on a Marvel movie highlighting issues Marvel Studios has and offering a way to solve them.
Visual effects jobs have been one of the most demanded in the film industry, especially when it comes to high-budget movies like action films including ones devoted to superheroes. However, the conditions many VFX specialists work in are often not the best, to put it mildly.
Employees of various VFX studios complained about their working conditions more than once, and the company that probably received the most criticism was Marvel Studios. The spike of backlash came in the middle of 2022 when many artists started to reveal that, in their opinion, the film studio is one of the worst employers in the industry saying that they were "sick" of working for the company with some of them even admitting that working on a Marvel movie made them leave the VFX industry.
On Tuesday, Vulture published a new article based on a conversation with an anonymous VFX artist which once again sheds a light on what it can be like to work for one of the largest film studios in Hollywood. The artist shared his experience of working on a Marvel movie stressing that "that working on Marvel shows is really hard."
"To get work, the houses bid on a project; they are all trying to come in right under one another’s bids. With Marvel, the bids will typically come in quite a bit under, and Marvel is happy with that relationship, because it saves it money," the artist said.
"So you’re already overworked, but then Marvel’s asking for regular changes way in excess of what any other client does," shared the artist. "Maybe a month or two before a movie comes out, Marvel will have us change the entire third act. It has really tight turnaround times."
"That’s a term we use in the industry when the client will nitpick over every little pixel. Even if you never notice it. A client might say, 'This is not exactly what I want,' and you keep working at it," said the artist. "But they have no idea what they want."
The artist, however, believes that the overall situation can be improved if visual effects specialists form unions. In that case, VFX studios would have to weigh the pros and cons when they compete for a Marvel project. In addition, the artist is sure that the film company should better train directors on working with visual effects.