Apr 29, 2015

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Peter Jackson’s statement on the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie

Posted on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page: “Being an only child, I grew up wondering what it would be like to have a brother. It wasn’t until today, in trying to deal with the terrible news of Andrew’s passing, that I came to realise how much he had become that person for me – someone I could intrinsically love and trust – which I know now means someone who is up for all the good and the bad. Andrew was an irreplaceable part of my family and I am in total disbelief that I’ll never again hear his infectious laugh, nor benefit from his quiet wisdom, or enjoy his generous praise. Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in – he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better. On set we developed an ability to work together using a minimum of words – a rare meeting of minds. I will always remember turning up, countless times, at five in the morning – all those quiet moments I had with him when I could step on to set and know he was there – unfazed, ready, listening, interested, more importantly – ready to catch me if I faltered. He always had my back. The more anxious I became, the more calm he would be. A solid rock in the unpredictable world we both chose to work in. After 17 years and 8 movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear.”

  1. Thank you thank you thank you for all you have accomplished together … May it comfort you to know that the fruits of your labor have touched the lives of generations of fans (like myself), and the many more to come. Personally I was notsomuch a fan of the Lord of The Rings in print. On the page, I struggled to lose myself in Middle Earth. Discovering it on the screen, I never wanted to leave. If it’s true that filmmaking is the ultimate team sport, the the world is a much richer place for Mr. Jackson, Mr. Lesnie and this team’s collaboration and friendship. Losing someone you love and respect never gets easier, but eventually it does get easier to focus on the gains. Condolences to the LoTR and Hobbit family and all who knew Mr. Lesnie.

  2. Awww no…. 🙁 Andrew was amazing! He will be sorely missed by us all. At least he got to do this last project–The Hobbit–with Peter. I’m truly lost for words…I don’t know what to say. Losing someone close to you has got to be hard. I feel like an elf right now, unable to fully comprehend someone is gone. You think it’s just a bad dream, but you can’t wake up. Andrew Lesnie….I will miss you a whole lot! Rest in Peace dear friend…Namarië. 🙁

  3. :'( Literally brought a tear to my eye xxx

  4. Meredith says:

    I am so sad to hear of the loss of Andrew. The world has lost an amazing, talented man. I so appreciate all that he gave of himself to bring joy to others. I hope for him what Gandalf says, “And then you see it…white shores, and beyond, a far green land under a swift sunrise.”

  5. James Mayes says:

    British Actor Christopher Lee Passes Away at The Age of 93!!!

  6. Sir, I am sorry for your loss. Blood doth not a brother make, but love doth make a man a brother.


  7. Seth Sterner says:

    Dear Peter,

    I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but I wish to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I was raised on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and I think (to be perfectly honest) I think I watch the Appendices more than I watch the movies, and your and Andrew’s humility always touched me. I did not know until just today that he had passed. So very sorry for your loss!

    Blessings on you and your family!

    ~Seth Sterner

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