Thor: Ragnarok has wrapped filming and will be the sixth Marvel Cinematic Universe property to debut in 2017 after two movies, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and three Netflix shows, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders.
Much like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, the crew of Thor: Ragnarok consisted mainly of people with little to no experience in blockbuster-style films, including director Taika Waititi and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, both of whom have strong backgrounds in independent filmmaking.
Over the extended weekend, Aguirresarobe sat down with Spanish-language publication El Correo to discuss working with his first big budget film, a process he called “a weird combination of frustration and satisfaction.”
It’s a totally different experience to what I had done till now. The experience could be explained as a weird combination of satisfaction and frustration.
As a cinematographer one dreams with doing a custom work and that’s not the thing here, it’s actually the contrary. You vanish. Your function is to get a technically impeccable image at the service of the director and a fundamental character crew, that is VFX supervisor.
Aguirresarobe went on to talk about the technical demands of a Marvel Studios blockbuster and the cast. While Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are reprising their roles as Thor and Loki, respectively, a few big-time cast members will be joining the MCU after debuting in Thor: Ragnarok, including Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and Creed star Tess Thompson.
The movie doesn’t finish until much later. You don’t see it. Anyways, I’m very happy to have been able to answer to that incredible technical demand. On the other hand, I’m a bit frustrated because you don’t actually know where you are inside the movie. It’s a complicated thing in movies that surpass $200M in which there is so much at stake.
But as an experience, it has been something amazing. The cast alone is dazzling. I really wanna see my finished work. Post production is very hard, it takes several months. I’m looking forward to it after next year’s summer.
Thor: Ragnarok is slated for release on November 3, 2017.