Watch: Rob Legato's Visual Effects 'Art of Creating Awe' TED Talk

August 20, 2012

Rob Legato TED Talk

Have you heard of Rob Legato? If you're a movie fan, it's time you find out who he is. Legato is a visual effects supervisor who has worked on numerous Hollywood visual effects spectaculars, from Cast Away to Armageddon to Harry Potter to Hugo. Earlier this summer, he gave a TED Talk discussing some of the effects in three of the movies he worked on - Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo. The video is now online and if you enjoy movies in the slightest, you've got to check it out, as it features some great footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses. It's a very fun, fascinating Hollywood-movie-magic peek at the "art of creating awe."

Watch the TED Talk from Rob Legato subtitled "The art of creating awe", originally from

"Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo." Comes straight from I'm a huge fan of TED Talks and was delighted to come across another outstanding TED focused on Hollywood and the magic behind the movies. Seeing the effects work on Titanic and Apollo 13 makes me long for the days when they went out to a "backyard" to create their own effects. I was fooled by the Apollo 13 footage, heck, I would've even said it looked CG, but it was (at least partially) made from a miniature. How cool is that? Legato is currently working on Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street and Battle Angel.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


Wonderful video, thx. for sharing it here.

Dawkito on Aug 20, 2012


For someone who relies on the work of hundreds of specialists, he sure says "I" a lot

munkisquisher on Aug 20, 2012


I wonder how many times he's shown people that faked Apollo 13 launch? A little too proud...

max on Aug 20, 2012

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