The film industry is reeling today after the news that Oscar-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie sadly passed away from a heart attack. He was just 59-years-old.
Lesnie is probably most well known for his stunning work on all six of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films, and it was for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that he won his Academy Award for Best Cinematography back in 2002. Audiences have Lesnie to thank for those beautiful wide sweeping shots that truly brought all the settings and environments in Middle Earth to life, his genius use of lighting in shots made him a true gift to the world of cinematography.
In addition to his work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, Lesnie collaborated with Peter Jackson on the films King Kong and The Lovely Bones. The partnership between the two started after Jackson saw the Australian cinematographer's work on the film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City.
Outside of his work with Peter Jackson, Lesnie also worked as a cinematographer on huge films such as I Am Legend, The Last Airbender and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Lesnie's final film was The Water Diviner which stars Russell Crowe, and was released in America just one week before he passed away on April 27th.
Many of the cast and crew of films that Lesnie has worked on over the years have taken to social media to share their devastation at the creative geniuses passing:
Peter Jackson also shared this truly touching tribute to his friend, brother and partner in crime on his Facebook page:
Andrew Lesnie's tragic passing will surely touch many in the film industry, particularly in Australia and New Zealand where many of his films were based.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this tough time.