SIGGRAPH: Marvel Exec Urges Filmmakers to Hire Women in Visual Effects and Animation

Victoria Alonso -H 2016
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Victoria Alonso -H 2016

Marvel Studios’ executive producer and executive vp physical production Victoria Alonso was thrilled to see what appears to be a growing amount of participation by women at the annual CG conference SIGGRAPH, where she spoke Wednesday in a session about the making of Marvel’s latest hit, Captain America: Civil War.

“There was a line at the women’s bathroom,” she said, referring to the predominantly male-heavy conference. “Every year it gets a little better. More women means a new generation of filmmakers and artists, and the balance they bring is key.

“Enough is enough,” Alonso added, urging filmmakers to “open the doors and let us in. We are talented and smart and can contribute.”

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Alonso commented that she has a 6-year-old daughter and wants all daughters to have a “bright future. That why I participate on these panels. It would be so cool if our panels were at least half women."

The busy producer also is “beyond excited” about making female superhero movie Captain Marvel and the recent news that Oscar winner Brie Larson will start in the title role.

“For every little girl [it’s great] to have another female superhero [in addition to] Black Widow, and we have to honor DC for Wonder Woman,” said Alonso. “To have an actor like Brie is a true honor.”

Captain Marvel is scheduled for a March 8, 2018, release. Alonso also is in postproduction on Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2; preproduction on Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp; and, she said, "We’re shooting Spider-Man: Homecoming and about to begin Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II. And we’re shooting in Australia for Thor: Ragnarok.”

SIGGRAPH runs through Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center.