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Eva Cavojcova: 'The VFX production team spends not days, weeks, or months but years to make the final product.' Credit: Eva Cavojcova

For our entertainment special, Izzah Kazi speaks to Eva Cavojcova, who works in visual effects in the film industry, about her role and how she came to work on the latest Transformers series

Why did you decide on a career in VFX?

I love movies. Whenever I’d watch a film that was heavy in visual effects and had a lot of CGI, I always felt curious about what the film’s post-production was like and how it developed. My partner, Adrian, has also worked in the VFX industry for several years, and I found his work fascinating and wanted to learn more.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

As a VFX production coordinator, I work in the compositing department, which is usually one of the hardest as we are the last unit in the production pipeline. I have a team of artists who are compositors, a lead and a 2D supervisor, and I basically manage our whole schedule.

How was the transition from fashion to the film industry?

The VFX industry is very technical, and just entering this world was very new to me. After completing my fashion studies, I started working in customer service for a clothing store where I was not happy at all. Being in production, even though I’m not technically on the creative side, I still have the opportunity to produce something as part of a team. I love being part of something meaningful. It would be exhausting if I were a seller somewhere in a shop where I couldn’t unleash my creative side. 

What project have you worked on most recently?

My first project was Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts, which I worked on for about a year and a half. It was funny because I wouldn’t normally choose to watch a movie like Transformers or anything in the robot/sci-fi world, but eventually, I ended up loving it. It’s so amazing to see such a big franchise behind the scenes. You can’t imagine how hard it is to produce a one or two-hour-long movie. The VFX production team spends not days, weeks, or months but years to make the final product. 

Do you think there’s still a gender discrepancy in the VFX industry? 

In my opinion, the VFX industry is very open to giving all genders a chance to succeed and is not male-dominated at all. I can see that because, on both my current and previous projects, I had a female producer and supervisor who did such a fantastic job. Even in very technical departments like layout, many artists were women, and they were terrific.

For a series Transformers, audiences have high expectations based on previous films. How does a situation like this change your usual workflow?

You can really feel the pressure because there’s such a massive audience for a franchise like Transformers. They might expect the robots to be designed in a specific way or have certain expectations about the plot. However, ultimately for us as the production team, we can’t do much if the client has a specific way they want the project to be delivered. 

Do you think visual artists are overlooked?

Working in this industry has opened my eyes. It has shown me that without visual effect artists, we would just have green screens. Movies without VFX wouldn’t even exist. I believe the names of visual artists should be next to the actors in film credits, not just shown on the last screen. Even though we put in so much work, VFX artists can often be overlooked.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

I would love to still be in the film industry doing VFX, but I also want to make a mark in fashion. I’m happy doing anything in the artistic field and creating something meaningful.