Full Name
Phil Leonhardt
Job Title
Visual Effects Sequence Supervisor, Weta Digital
Speaker Bio
Phil Leonhardt leverages his extensive compositing and lighting experience to supervise visual effects. Phil was an Additional VFX Supervisor on The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020). Involved from the early stages, he led Weta Digital’s team of artists in designing and building the characters, environments and effects which brought the magic of Christmas to the screen. A VFX Sequence Supervisor on Academy Award-nominated Avengers: Endgame (2019), Phil planned the staging for the epic third-act battle within the destroyed Avengers Compound, guiding the creation of environments and major story points. Sequence Supervisor on Alita: Battle Angel (2019), he played a leading role in creating Iron City with its complex integration of CG elements with live-action photography. His first role as Sequence Supervisor was on Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). Phil launched his visual effects career in compositing with the highlight of working on several Harry Potter films. He joined Weta Digital as a Lead Compositor on King Kong (2005) and was a Compositing Supervisor on The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). He transitioned into lighting on the ground-breaking Avatar (2009) and brought this combined experience to his CG supervisory roles on the Oscar-nominated films Prometheus (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017).
Phil Leonhardt