Marvel Studios’s veteran visual effects chief, Victoria Alonso, has just been promoted to executive vice president of physical production.
Alonso had been executive producer and executive VP of VFX for the studio for many years and in her brand-new role, she will supervise all physical production, post-production and production technical operations for Marvel, thus becoming one of the few women to ever hold such position at a studio.
Alonso has long been a vocal advocate for women in the visual effects industry.
“You’ve got to get the girls in here, boys. It’s better when it’s 50-50,” Variety quotes her as saying.
“I have been with you beautiful, handsome, talented, creative men in dark rooms for two decades and I can tell you those rooms are better when there are a few of us in them.”
“So as you take this with you, please remember that it’s OK to allow the ladies in. They’re smart, they’re talented. They bring a balance that you need.”
The 49-year-old Buenos Aires native immigrated from Argentina by herself when she was just 19 to study philosophy and theater, but came across some obstacles with acting. Producers said she was either too fat or too skinny, too Latino or not Latino enough. So she decided to become one of the people deciding the course of action in the movie industry.
She began her career in visual effects, including a four-year stint at Digtial Domain. She served as a visual effects producer on around a half-dozen films, including Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, before she joined Marvel.
She was co-producer on Marvel’s phase I pictures, then moved up to executive producer on The Avengers and has had that title on all Marvel pictures since. She was invited to become a member-at-large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2013.