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VFX supervisor Lesley Robson-Foster
on Amazon’s Mrs. Maisel

By Randi Altman

If you are one of the many who tend to binge-watch streaming shows, you’ve likely already seen Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This new comedy focuses on a young wife and mother living in New York City
in 1958, when men worked and women, well, didn't.

After her husband leaves her, Mrs. Maisel chooses stand-up comedy over therapy — or you could say stand-up comedy chooses her. The show takes place in a few New York neighborhoods, including the toney Upper West Side, the Garment District and the Village. The storyline brings real-life characters into its fictional world — Midge Maisel studies by listening to Red Foxx comedy albums, and she also befriends comic Lenny Bruce, who appears in a number of episodes.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, is colorful and bright and features a significant amount of visual effects — approximately 80 per episode.

We reached out to the show’s visual effects supervisor, Lesley Robson-Foster, to find out more.

How early did you get involved in Mrs. Maisel?
The show’s producer Dhana Gilbert, brought my producer Parker Chehak and I in early to discuss feasibility issues, as this is a period piece. And to see if Amy and Dan liked us! We've been on since the pilot.

What did the creators/showrunners say they needed?
They needed 1958 New York City, weather changes and some very fancy single-shot blending. Also, some fantasy and magic realism.

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