Founding partners Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, and Alan Scott supervised projects at Stan Winston Studio for over 20 years before Winston’s passing in 2008. After his death they formed their own company, Legacy Effects.
Special effects work
The feature films Legacy Effects has contributed practical effects to include Avatar, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 3, Snow White and the Huntsman, Life of Pi, Thor, Robocop, Pacific Rim, and X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Their work has garnered Best Visual Effects Academy Award nominations for Real Steel and Iron Man.
Legacy has also contributed character design for films including Godzilla, John Carter, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cowboys and Aliens, The Hunger Games and Avatar. It was recently announced that Legacy Effects will be involved in the next iterations of the Terminator and Jurassic Park franchises; Terminator Genisys and Jurassic World.
Legacy Effects has created effects for television shows such as Grey's Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory, and contributed work to over 900 commercials. Notable examples of their commercial work include The Aflac Duck, Maxwell the Geico Pig, The KIA Hamsters, and the Jack Links Sasquatch campaigns.
Legacy created the iMut8r app, first released in October 2009. A popular Halloween-themed photo manipulation app, iMut8r was named the iPhone App of the Week by Apple October 20, 2010. It is still regularly updated with new features.
Comic Con Events
Legacy Effects gained attention for a 9'9" (2.97m) cosplay robot that was unveiled at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. Created through a partnership between Wired Magazine, YouTube and Stan Winston School, the robot was built by Legacy over a period of 24 days and interacted with Comic Con attendees throughout the four-day event, operated by a combination of suit performer and radio controlled animatronics.
For Comic Con 2014, Legacy designed and built a 13'6" (4.11m) tall animatronic creature called Bodock the Giant Creature. Created through a partnership with Stan Winston School, Stratasys, and Wired Magazine, the Giant Creature involved two separate animatronic characters and nine puppeteers. A majority of the hard surfaces were 3D printed by Stratasys. The goal of both events was to celebrate and promote practical special effects.
|Terminator Genisys||2015||Special Effects and Animatronics|
|Jurassic World||2015||Special Effects and Animatronics|
|Wish I Was Here||2014||Suit Design and Fabrication|
|Welcome To Yesterday||2014||Specialty Props|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||2014||Suit Design and Fabrication|
|Muppets Most Wanted||2014||80s Robot Design|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||2014||Suit Design and Fabrication, Makeup Effects|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||2014||Design and Models|
|Grudge Match||2014||Specialty Puppets|
|RoboCop||2014||Robocop Suit and Robotic Effects|
|Pacific Rim||2013||Pilot Suits and Effects|
|World War Z||2013||Character Design and Makeup Effects|
|Iron Man 3||2013||Prosthetics and Suit Effects|
|Oblivion||2013||Specialty Costume Accessories|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||2012||Animatronic and Special Make-up Effects|
|Life of Pi||2012||Replica and Animatronic Animals|
|Total Recall||2012||Sinth Suits, Animatronics and Prosthetics|
|The Bourne Legacy||2012||Animatronic Effects|
|Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (web series)||2012||Suits and Weapons Design and Fabrication|
|The Watch||2012||Animatronic Effects|
|The Amazing Spider-Man||2012||Lizard/Lizard Drone Character Designs and Prosthetic Make-Up|
|Snow White and the Huntsman||2012||Specialty Constumes|
|The Avengers||2012||Iron Man Suit and Practical Effects|
|The Hunger Games||2012||Mutation Character Design|
|John Carter||2012||Character and Creature Design|
|The Muppets||2011||80s Robot and Muppet Man Design|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||2011||Animatronic and Special Make-Up Effects|
|Real Steel||2011||Animatronic Effects|
|Cowboys & Aliens||2011||Alien Creature Effects|
|Thor||2011||Frost Giant Prosthetics and Suit Effects|
|I Am Number Four||2011||Creature Design|
|Passion Play||2010||Animatronic Effects|
|Dinner For Schmucks||2010||Mechanical Vulture, Animatronic Effects|
|Iron Man 2||2010||Suit Construction and Animatronics: Iron Man/Whiplash|
|Alice In Wonderland||2010||Special Make-Up Effects: Red Queen courtier characters creation and design|
|Shutter Island||2010||Visual and Make-Up Effects|
|Avatar||2009||Character Design and Specialty Props Manufacturing (as Stan Winston Studio and Legacy Effects)|
- "Legacy FX Makes Armored Heroes Shine". Variety. May 29, 2013.
- Boucher, Geoff (Oct 6, 2008). "Stan Winston and the tricky business of Legacy". Los Angeles Times.