With a film as big as Wonder Woman, numerous VFX houses were brought in to shoulder the load. One of those houses, MPC, had their VFX work on the film supervised by Jessica Norman – a woman who worked as MPC London’s VFX supervisor on titles including Exodus: Gods and Kings, World War Z and Watchmen, as well as served as overall VFX supervisor on titles such as A Monster Calls.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Norman about her experience working on Wonder Woman and what the film means to her. Specifically, they asked her what it was like to work with director Patty Jenkins.
“It was a great feeling. It was driven by Patty’s passion. It was clear she knew what she wanted to get out of each scene,” Norman said. She then went on to talk about her favorite scene to work on, and it’s quite the impressive moment in the film.
The beach battle [in which a German army reaches the shore of Diana’s home, the island of Themyscira, which was filmed on Italy’s Amalfi Coast and augmented in VFX]. I enjoyed working on that; it was a lot of fun. (The studio asked Norman not to describe the details of this VFX work.)
Now that the film is out, Norman gets to see the results of everyone’s hard work as audiences continue to flock to the theater.
It’s very exciting. You work on something and put so much into it, and that makes it more rewarding. I really hope [more films with strong women, led by women] is the future. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s not something extraordinary, just because it’s a female director. It’s the right director.
In the end, Norman says that Wonder Woman is “empowering. I hope in the future that will become more the norm. I hear people saying they are excited to see it with their kids. I’m super-excited.”
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman is in theaters now.