Teacher Profile

Robert Legato, ASC


Two-time Oscar Winner for "Best Visual Effects" for Hugo and Titanic, Robert is one of the leading Visual Effects Supervisors in Hollywood, having worked on AvatarThe Wolf of Wall StreetArmageddonHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and more. 

He earned his first Academy Award nomination and won the British Academy Award’s BAFTA for his effects work in “Apollo 13."

His next feature assignment, James Cameron's “Titanic," spanned the next several years and proved ultimately to be one of the most successful films ever made.  Besides earning Mr. Legato his first Academy Award®, 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.

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’s served 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 latest work includes Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and most recently “The Lion King”. “The Jungle Book” received an Academy Award, British Academy Award, five VES Awards as well as the Critics Choice Award, among several others, for Best Visual Effects for 2016.

Rob’s union and Guild affiliations include the DGA, A.M.P.A.S, A.S.C., Local 600, Local 700 and the VES.