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Andrew Lesnie

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Skye McCullough

on 15 April 2013

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Andrew Lesnie A.S.C Biography I - Born 1956 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

- 1979 graduated Australian Film, Television, and Radio School (AFTRS)

- First job after graduation - cameraman on Australian TV show: Simon Townsend's Wonder World.

-Townsend gave Lesnie almost daily opportunities to develop his craft - little restriction over a wide variety of stories - able to experiment with camera and lighting techniques in hundreds of locations and situations.

- Gained acclaim as DP down under in the late 1980s - 1st installment (Fellowship of the Ring) Lesnie won the Oscar for Cinematography (2002)

-Lesnie owes the much of his work in the U.S. to Jackson: After the success of the LOTR trilogy, Lesnie continued to work with Peter Jackson on his (Jackson's) next blockbuster films

- In 2004 Lesnie again teamed up with Jackson for his adaptation of the classic, King Kong (2005)

- In 2005, Lesnie went back to Sydney to work on the live action unit of the Warner Bros. film Happy Feet (2006) Biography IV -In 2006 Lesnie came back to the States to work with director Francis Lawrence on I am Legend (2007)

- Teamed up with Jackson once again in 2008 to act as his DP in the film The Lovely Bones (2009)

- In 2009 was approached by M. Night Shyamalan and was hired as DP for Shyamalan's 2010 film The Last Airbender which was, despite its box office success ($319mill worldwide), considered to be one of the worst films of 2010 Biography V - In 2009, Lesnie was hired by Rupert Wyatt to be DP for Rise of the Planet of the Apes where Lesnie would one again do live action and performance capture work with old LOTR colleague Andy Serkis

- Once again teamed up with Peter Jackson in 2010 to film Jackson's new endeavor, The Hobbit which was only meant to be two films at the most, but ended up taking around a year and a half to shoot and would be divided up into three feature length films.

- Is currently working on his home continent as cinematographer for the film Healing (2014) with Australian filmmaker Craig Monahan Selected Filmography -The Hobbit (2012-2014) DP

-Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) DP

-The Last Airbender (2010) C

-The Lovely Bones (2009) DP

-I Am Legend (2007) DP

-Happy Feet (2006)

-King Kong (2005) C

-The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) DP Select Filmography Contd. -Babe: Pig in the City (1998) DP

-Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997) C

-Babe (1995) DP

-Temptation of a Monk (1993) DP

-The Delinquents (1989) DP

-Australian Dream (1987) C

-Fair Game (1986) DP

-The Same Stream (1981) C

-The Comeback (documentary) (1980) C Biography III - Broke out in the States with the release of Babe in 1995
- He continued work in the states throughout the 1990s
- 1999 hired by fellow Aussie Peter Jackson to be DP for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Biography II "I never look at designing anything based on the parameters of what we have to work with. "

- Associated with sitcoms and comedies at the beginning of his career - high key lighting

- LOTR - began using lighting to illustrate themes and emotional/mental state of the characters

- Claims to not have a particular style - "I just try to understand the character's emotional state and to look at what we are trying to say with the scene and then I design the lighting accordingly" Style "Style"
-Lesnie's “trademark” visual style = nothing that puts the cinematographer above the story.
-Specific expertise in effects-heavy films that require particular on-set and in-camera technique as well as digital composition
-Fantasy lighting expertise - proficient with both high and low key lighting
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