After a career in Television for Paramount Pictures Rob Legato joined newly formed Digital Domain, the visual effects company founded by James Cameron, Stan Winston and Scott Ross. Rob’s impressive work led to Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13″ with Legato serving as the film’s visual effects supervisor. Mr. Legato earned his first Academy Award® nomination and won the British Academy Award “BAFTA” for his effects work in “Apollo 13.”
His next feature assignment, James Cameron’s “Titanic,” spanned the next several years and proved to be one of the most successful films ever made. Besides earning Mr. Legato his first Oscar®, the film went on to win a total of 11 Oscars® (including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects) and became the highest grossing movie of all time.
Legato left Digital Domain to join Sony Pictures Imageworks where he served as visual effects supervisor on two Robert Zemeckis films, “What Lies Beneath” and “Cast Away.” Rob then worked as the second unit director and visual effects supervisor on Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” The Aviator garnered three VES awards and the International Press Academy’s Satellite award for best visual effects. Rob then completed Martin Scorsese’s feature “The Departed” which 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 become the highest grossing film ever.
Rob is also the VFX Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman on Martin Scorsese’s currently released 3D film “Hugo.” “Hugo” had been nominated for both 11 Oscars® and British Academy Awards “BAFTAS” including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. Rob went on to win the Oscar® for his VFX work on Hugo.