James David Hattin

James David Hattin is the founder and creative director of VFX Legion. James oversees every aspect of the visual effects process for episodic television shows and feature films, from start to end, and provides clients with 20+ years of skill and experience as a lead creative and visual effects supervisor.

The head of Legion’s in-house operation, James works with the senior management team to supervise each artist in the studio’s talent collective and manage them as a single transparent unit. His vision is to empower Legion’s extremely gifted collective of artists and management/support team with a next-generation digital pipeline.

As an innovative digital technician, James is the architect of the cutting-edge pipeline that sits at the core of Legion, which provides unprecedented reach, connectivity, and flexibility across projects. James is also the driving force behind the evolution of the company’s forward-thinking infrastructure, protocols, and methodologies.

Legion’s LA-based studio is structured to works as an on-site collaborative partner with TV and film studios. It provides an end-to-end approach that maximizes the quality and efficiency of VFX for episodic television shows and feature films around the globe.


Prior to launching VFX Legion, James spent three years as senior compositor and compositing/digital effects supervisor at Zoic Studios.

Alongside work on major feature films and episodic television, James fed the left-side of his brain by creating the foundation for Zoic's Z.E.U.S.-driven compositing template workflow; advising on a File Browser that integrated into the studio pipeline; and refining and evolving its workflow systems.

James exited Zoic in 2013 to apply his creative skill set and technical ingenuity to a new challenge: designing a leading-edge digital management pipeline. Looking beyond long-standing traditional VFX business models, he tapped state-of-the-art technology to build the new infrastructure from the ground up.

Legion was launched later that year, with James’ pioneering digital pipeline positioning the studio at the forefront of the next generation of visual effects companies.

Hattin's TV credits include Arrow (CW), V (ABC), 666 Park Avenue (ABC), The Closer (TNT), Falling Skies (TNT), and Magic City (Starz), to name a few.

His feature film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Walt Disney Pictures), Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.), The Pink Panther (Sony Pictures), Underworld: Evolution (Sony Pictures), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), Elektra (20th Century Fox/Marvel Enterprises), Spanglish (Columbia Pictures), Blade: Trinity (New Line Cinema), Final Destination 2 (New Line Cinema), The Remnant (20th Century Fox), Behind Enemy Lines (WWE Studios), Nim's Island (20th Century Fox), The Holiday (Columbia Pictures/Universal Pictures), Sideways (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures), and Jumper (20th Century Fox).

Under the VFX Legion banner, Hattin's supervised VFX for a mix of TV shows and movies. Episodic series include Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch (Shondaland/ABC Studios), Madame Secretary (CBS), Suits (USA), El Chapo (Netflix), Eye Candy (MTV), Revolution (NBC) and Gone (Universal/ABC). Film work includes Sinister 2 (Gramercy Pictures/Focus Pictures), Stephanie (Universal Pictures), Ouija: Origin of Evil (Universal Pictures), The Purge: Election Year (Universal Pictures), and The Purge: Anarchy (Universal Pictures) to name a few.


James' work has been recognized with a VES Award nomination for 'Outstanding Visual Effects in Broadcast Programming,' for Falling Skies, and a Primetime Emmy nod for Worlds Apart, to name a few. He is an Emmy Award honoree of the California Channel’s, The Three Branches of Government and a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.