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Robert Legato

Birth name: Robert M. Legato
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 6 May 1956
Place of birth: Ocean Township, New Jersey
Awards for Trek: Emmy Award 2 wins, 3 nominations
Roles: Visual Effects Coordinator, Director
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Legato in an 1992 interview

Legato in an 1992 interview

Robert "Rob" M. Legato (born 6 May 1956; age 58) is a director and visual effects coordinator from Ocean Township, New Jersey, who worked as such on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Legato started out as visual effects coordinator/supervisor for the franchise and has fulfilled that role for the entirety of his tenure at the franchise. However, he was also given the opportunity to flex his muscles as director, and has directed two episodes of The Next Generation, third season's "Ménage à Troi" and fourth season's "The Nth Degree" as well as one Deep Space Nine episode, first season's " If Wishes Were Horses". In addition, he directed the 1991 The Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Picture Special Edition documentary. His work on the Star Trek franchise has earned Legato three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Special Visual Effects, as well as two won Emmy Awards.

Legato's name can be seen on a panel in the episode "The Child" and was referenced in several other episodes as Robert Legato (Vice Admiral)

Before he was hired on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Legato worked at Image G, and it was Legato who was instrumental in bringing in that company as regular motion control photography supplier after the pilot episode. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 60-61)

In 1996 he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects for his work on the drama Apollo 13 which he shared with Star Trek: The Motion Picture visual effects artist Leslie Ekker. Two years later in 1998 he received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on James Cameron's drama Titanic.

He worked with director Martin Scorsese on the films The Aviator and The Departed, both as visual effects coordinator and second unit director. More recent projects include Scorsese's horror thriller Shutter Island (2010) on which he worked as visual effects supervisor and James Cameron's science fiction films Avatar (2009) and Battle Angel (2011) on both as virtual cinematography system creator and visual effects pipeline engineer.

In 2012, Legato won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on Martin Scorcese's adventure Hugo.

Star Trek credits

Rob Legato and Terry Farrell

Legato directing Terry Farrell on the set of "If Wishes Were Horses".

As Director
As Visual Effects Coordinator/ Visual Effects Supervisor

(This list is currently incomplete.)

Emmy Awards

Legato received the following Emmy Award wins and nominations in the category Outstanding Achievement in Special Visual Effects:

Star Trek interviews

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