Influencers: Rob Legato Created a Virtual Toolbox For Scorsese, Cameron, and Favreau

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Influencers: Rob Legato Created a Virtual Toolbox For Scorsese, Cameron, and Favreau
Three-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Rob Legato has translated virtual production into a live-action methodology that serves as recognizable filmmaking tools for such directors as James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Jon Favreau. That’s because Legato, who’s also a cinematographer, has emphasized photographic realism in VFX.

After successfully morphing live-action footage with VFX on “Titanic,” Legato tackled virtual production more forcefully on Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic, “The Aviator.” He had to photograph a plane crash for the first time, so he ingeniously used animation software and a hand-operated pan-and-tilt wheel to photograph a plane crash live in real-time.

Then Legato took a bold step with his “director-centric” workflow for “Avatar,” which enabled Cameron to make his revolutionary sci-fi hybrid. With a customized hand-held virtual camera, Legato gave Cameron a powerful tool for camera layout on a motion capture stage.

Legato refined the virtual production process further with Scorsese on “Hugo.
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