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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Cinematography
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, (born 1956) is an Australian cinematographer. He is best known as the cinematographer for The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and its prequel The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), both directed by New Zealand director Peter Jackson. He received the Oscar for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002.
His first job after graduation in 1979 was as a cameraman on the Logie Award-winning Australian magazine-style afternoon TV show Simon Townsend's Wonder World. Simon Townsend gave Lesnie almost daily opportunities to develop his craft with little restriction over a wide variety of stories and situations, and to experiment with camera and lighting techniques in hundreds of locations and situations. After two years of working on the show, Lesnie moved on to numerous Australian film and television productions, including the mini-series Bodyline.
His work began receiving major attention after the release of the anthropomorphic pig story Babe (1995) and its sequel, Babe: Pig in the City. He was director of photography on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and received an Oscar for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002. Since then, he has filmed several other Jackson-directed films, including King Kong and The Lovely Bones, and also filmed The Hobbit films directed by Jackson.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Lesnie utilized motion picture camera company Arri's Arriflex 435, Arriflex 535, and ArriCam Studio 35mm film cameras for the trilogy. He used Carl Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses and Kodak's 5279 (tungsten-balanced) film stock to photograph the films.s"
During filming, Lesnie emphasized earthly colors in the makeup and wardrobe of the cast and extras.
The Hobbit Trilogy
For production, Lesnie used Red Digital Cinema's Epic cameras as well as Carl Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses to photograph the film. Jackson and Lesnie decided to shoot the film in 3D with as many as 15 stereoscopic camera rigs (2 cameras each) with 3ality. They also decided to shoot the film in an uncommon, yet innovative, frame rate of 48 frames per second versus the industry standard of 24 frames per second. This would make Lesnie the first cinematographer to employ such a method that claims to induce more clarity, reduce motion blur, and make 3D easier to watch.
Lesnie was or will be the director of photography on the following films unless noted otherwise.
- Fair Game (1986)
- The Delinquents (1989)
- The Girl Who Came Late (1991)
- Temptation of a Monk (You seng) (1993) (with Arthur Wong)
- Babe (1995)
- Two If by Sea (1996)
- Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997) Won AFI Award for Best Cinematography
- Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
- The Sugar Factory (1998)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Won Academy Award for Best Cinematography
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Won BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
- Love's Brother (2004)
- King Kong (2005)
- Happy Feet (2006) (live action unit)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Shine a Light (2008) (camera operator)
- The Lovely Bones (2009)
- Bran Nue Dae (2009)
- The Last Airbender (2010)
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
- Healing (2014)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
- The Water Diviner (2014)
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- Gray, Simon (December 2002). "A Fellowship in Peril (p.2)"
- "ShotOnWhat, The Hobbit
- Egan, Jack (21 December 2012) "Contendor - Director of Photography Andrew Lesnie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
- Kilday, Gregg (13 November 2013) "Despite 'The Hobbit,' Hollywood Isn't Adopting 48 Frames Per Second"