A heart attack killed the famous Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings films, Andrew Lesnie, at the age of 59 on Monday. The whole world reacted on the incident momentarily.
A heart attack killed the famous Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings films, Andrew Lesnie, at the age of 59 on Monday.
The whole world reacted on the incident momentarily. Among the first was a well-known celebrity Russel Crowe, who had been the participant of Lesnie’s directorial debut The Water Diviner. He tweeted sympathetically that Lesnie was the master of light, who had passed on.
Also film critic Harry Knowles , who met Lesnie on the Lord of the Rings set, paid tribute saying that he has a lot of great memories with that man. Later he added that during the set of the original LOTR shoot he always saw Andrew smiling huge and making others do the same. Besides he narrated that Peter Jackson together with Andrew Lesnie were the most funny and playful pair of movie masters that he had ever seen, always laughing or giggling behind the camera.
After Jackson saw Lesnie’s work on Babe, a film about adventures of talking pig, he hired him for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And later, during the 12-year period of making the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, Lesnie also worked on Jackson’s remake of King Kong and the crime drama The Lovely Bones.
Moreover, the list of Lesnie’s projects included Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, and The Last Airbender.
He started his career from being a camera assistant on a low-budget horror film Patrick in 1978, while studying at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Later he worked as a freelancer and in 1980 made a documentary about the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to bodybuilding.
He had a lot of famous projects throughout his life, but the most remarkable was of course his work on Lord of the Rings that cemented his career, earning him an Oscar in 2002.
In same year he was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame.