Rob Legato, Visual Effects Supervisor
Legato was senior Visual Effects Supervisor on “Bad Boys II," which was nominated for a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture. Rob’s next picture was the international phenomenon “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," based on the best selling book by J.K. Rowling. Rob was the Co 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor on Martin Scorsese's “The Aviator." Besides being nominated for 11 Academy awards and receiving 5 Oscars® “The Aviator” garnered 3 VES awards and the International Press Academy’s Satellite award for Best Visual Effects. Rob then completed Martin Scorsese’s feature “The Departed” as the 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and VFX Supervisor. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. During the same time frame, Legato created and conceived the Virtual Cinematography Pipeline for James Cameron’s next feature production, “Avatar,” which went on to surpass “Titanic” as the highest grossing film of all time with $2.8 billion in worldwide receipts. Rob had the fortunate opportunity to work on Robert DeNiro’s second directorial effort, “The Good Shepherd”, serving as both the 2nd unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor. The very next projects
included Martin Scorsese’s Clio award winning “Freixenet: The Key to Reserva,” a 10 minute commercial project, as well as the feature documentary on the Rolling Stones entitled “Shine a Light.” Legato also served as the VFX Consultant on Errol Morris’ documentary film “Standard Operating Procedure”.
Legato’s next feature film was Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” upon which he served as both Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman. Rob’s next assignment as VFX Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman was on Martin Scorsese’s epic 3D film “Hugo.” “Hugo” was nominated for 11 Oscars® and 11 BAFTAS, including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. “Hugo” was ultimately awarded the Oscar® for best Visual Effects, as well as three VES Society Awards and an International Satellite Award. Rob’s last assignment for Martin Scorsese was the Leonardo DiCaprio starring “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Rob served as both the film’s 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor. Rob’s latest film was Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and he also served as the 2nd Unit Director/Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor. “The Jungle Book” was awarded 5 VES awards, A British Academy Award, Satellite Award, Critics Choice Award and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 2017. Rob is currently in pre-production on Disney’s “The Lion King. ”Rob’s union and Guild affiliations include the DGA, A.M.P.A.S, The A.S.C., Local 600, Local 700 and the VES.