'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died at Age 59
by Alex Billington
April 28, 2015
Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old.
Here's a few of the tweets collected from Ian McKellen, Russell Crowe, James Wan + Eric Vespe on Lesnie:
Such sad news to hear the passing of Andrew Lesnie. The world of cinematography just lost a brilliant craftsman and artist.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) April 28, 2015
ANDREW LESNIE (1956-2015) pic.twitter.com/IHh2XwNGyD
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 28, 2015
Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015
Andrew Lesnie was a brilliant director of photography. He not only transported us to Middle Earth he was a kind, funny, loyal human being.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) April 28, 2015
Andrew Lesnie was a cinematographer from Australia, who won an Academy Award for his work on Lord of the Rings. THR reports that he is believed to have suffered a heart attack on Monday, April 27th. "We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew," is the message from the Australian Cinematographers Society. It's always sad to report on the death of someone loved in the industry. As a person who considers Return of the King to be one of their all-time favorite movies, I have to pay tribute to Andrew Lesnie and his stunning work helping bring Middle Earth to life. Our friend Eric Vespe of Ain't It Cool has been telling great stories about him, and writes in his post that "Andrew had a special talent for making the people around him smile and feel good." Read more of Eric's stories about Andrew here. Onward to the Grey Havens. Rest in Peace.