This post really paints an accurate picture of the VFX industry.
I am shocked and disappointed that the huge extra miles of effort/time/money spent on the effects made invisible is also invisible to the director who should be the first person with intimate knowledge about how much work and man-hours get put into his shots, including those shots that get omitted due to editorial and storytelling decisions. If the director doesn't get an accurate picture, then I cannot set high expections that anybody else in the studio-side pipeline to really understand the true value that vfx has contributed to the film.
Special features and behind-the-scene footage that come with DVD releases show only a tiny part of the volume of work that thousands VFX artists have to deal with on a daily basis, for many months from start to end of production. Even this cannot adequately describe the scope of work required in our line of work.
Scott Squires is an established director/VFX supervisor operating in the California/USA. He has worked on many films ranging from Close Encounters to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.