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Rest In Peace Pierre Vinet UPDATED with words from Elijah Wood and Colin Hanks

Update: Hey guys. Quint here again. I've received some remembrances about Pierre from his collaborators on different projects. My original (and lengthy) obituary for the stills photographer Pierre Vinet is below if you need more information on the man. First up is Colin Hanks who worked with Pierre on Peter Jackson's King Kong:
that was a really wonderful piece you did about Pierre. I had not spoken with him since the days of Kong, but that man was definitely a big part of what made that day to day experience so special for all involved. his energy, enthusiasm, his sly chuckle made him a living breathing character the likes of which you would only find in written stories. "My Friend" was a rare breed, and I don't just mean a French Canadian in a Montreal Canadiens jersey....cause that is hardly rare...but one all the way over in New Zealand? As a hockey fan that was the thing I noticed. As soon as I saw that I knew he was going to be someone I could at least talk to. I was wrong. We didn't just talk. We laughed. We bonded. We would talk about photography. I used to have a tradition of trying to convince still photographers I work with to develop my film for me, to just throw mine in with the rest. Most would do so begrudgingly. Pierre did it with no questions asked... even though he shot digital. And upon getting my pics back, he took a look at a few of them and gave me some encouragement, along with a good pitch for going digital. Most still photographers rarely show you their work. Pierre was the exact opposite. He loved to show everyone what he was working on. Whether they be crazy Esher-like mind warped like the ones you showed, or more straight forward shots. And yes, I saw quite a few photo's of Naomi. I think it's fair to say that it possible Pierre shot more of Naomi that Peter did. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a good man, who loved life, his work, and good laugh. "I tell you my friend...." he will be missed.
And then here's Elijah Wood, who spent the better part of 4 years working with Pierre on the Lord of the Rings movies:
I'll never forget the first time that I met Pierre Vinet. So many of us had flown to New Zealand to embark on a journey unlike anything we'd ever experienced. I was introduced to Pierre as our on set stills photographer, and I greeted him with great excitement, telling him that he had the "best job on the film!" His job was that of observer and documentarian for the process of bringing Tolkien's world to life and that unique perspective thrilled me. To be the one to capture this incredible adventure that we were all taking part in and the brilliant artistry and passion of everyone involved, was a privileged opportunity. His enthusiasm and energy was genuinely infectious. "This is ze poster!", he would frequently say, his excitement for the images he was capturing, overflowing. Pierre always made everyone around him smile, no matter how difficult the shoot became or how tired any of us were. The familiar mischievous glint in his eyes, with eyebrows dancing, and lip-pursed chuckle served to inspire anyone around him. I remember often imitating his french canadian accent and signature phrases and chuckles. A true original character. I loved being called into his photo studio set-up for portraits and ideas that he had. He'd grab you and run you over to a blacked out room with his equipment, on a break from filming. His simple portraits outside the context of the set environment, are still some of my favorite images from the films. It was there in his world where, through his lens, he brought the characters that we were playing to life. I hadn't heard that he was sick until I recently visited Wellington and found out just before he passed away. It's still difficult to process. The world has certainly lost a beautiful photographer, but more importantly; a friend, character, family member, eccentric, mad man, husband, and a true light that shone on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Thanks guys. I might have one or two more remembrances to post before I put this one to bed. Stay tuned.

Quint here with a quick update. Yesterday I received emails from Pierre's wife, Marjory, and his sister Diane, both very complimentary towards the article and the kind words in the talkbacks below. Majory asked me to pass along some info on Pierre's passing. He died of Mesothelioma, the cancer born of exposure to asbestos. Thousands die every year from this completely avoidable disease. Pierre himself never knew where he was exposed to asbestos, but guessed it was in the late '60s to early '70s as he worked many odd jobs around Montreal. The dormancy of the disease is 30-50 years, so it hasn't peaked. Marjory also wanted us to know that a camera did go with Pierre. I've heard from Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood and Colin Hanks about Pierre and expect to have some words from them in the next few days. I'll update the article as they come in. I'm also hoping to get some new stills of and by Pierre. Stay tuned. The original obit is below:

Hey, guys. Quint here. You probably don’t know the name Pierre Vinet, but you’ll recognize his work, which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. Pierre was an onset still photographer, which isn’t a much celebrated position on a film crew and one that doesn’t have a rabid fan following like actors, directors and even some writers, composers and producers have. The fact that you will recognize this shot,

or this one,

or this one,

proves that Pierre rose above many in his field. Pierre was Peter Jackson’s still photographer starting on Braindead and stayed with him all the way through to King Kong. He also shot the stills for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Virgin Suicides, Willard and the John Travolta Scientology cheesefest Battlefield Earth. I got word last night that he passed away after a year and a half long battle with cancer. He didn’t tell many of his close friends, so it’s no surprise I was completely in the dark. When I first visited New Zealand to visit the final round of pick-ups on LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING I was put in the very fortunate position of observing film history as it was being recorded. Thanks to Peter’s appreciation of Ain’t It Cool News and my work on it I was able to sit back and spend 2 months watching them work. In that time I got to know a lot of the crew well. Being Kiwis they were all incredibly friendly, laid back and charming, so it was easy for me to feel at home. But one guy stood above the rest, a loud, crazy French-Canadian wielding a big camera with a giant lens. That was Pierre Vinet. The dude’s sense of humor was right in line with mine… meaning filthy and questionable at best and we got along from moment one. I remember sitting in one of the minor stages of Stone Street Studios in Wellington as they were filming pieces of the Shelob’s Lair sequence and suddenly hearing Johnny Cash blaring in between set-ups. I looked over at Pierre’s set-up, a cart with a Mac laptop, a few dozen portable hard-drives and all sorts of cases housing lenses, and there he was pumping his eyebrows up in down and nodding his head to the laptop, iTunes playing Johnny Cash. “For you!” he said. I asked why? “You are from Texas!” I couldn’t argue with that. If you’ve read anything about filmmaking you know that sets are considered very boring places. I don’t think so, personally, but most who work in the business are shocked at how much I enjoy watching film being made. It’s still magical to me after all these years. Even so, I’ve spent 4 months on Peter Jackson’s sets… 2 on Rings and 2 on Kong, and that means a lot of downtime. It was in these moments that my friendship with Pierre grew. I remember once he told me a story about working on Braindead. There was almost no money in that picture and certainly not enough for a still photographer. Peter could afford to hire Pierre, but couldn’t afford the film for his camera. So, what Pierre ended up doing was taking the short ends (meaning the left over film stock on a roll that goes through the camera… usually when there’s not enough left for the next take they’ll switch out, leaving a dozen feet give or take of unexposed 35mm) and using that as his film stock instead of buying rolls of regular 35mm. Another time, on King Kong, a friend of mine was with me and he had the biggest crush on Naomi Watts’ stand-in. I couldn’t blame him… she was adorable and sweet to boot. When I mentioned this to Pierre he got a little twinkle in his eye, the mischievous look that I’ll always associate with Pierre and maybe Willy Wonka, and plotted a way to introduce the two. “She is my little friend!” he exclaimed and began his devilry. Masterfully he brought her over to our group and like magic we melted away leaving the two of them to talk. My friend hated me for instigating that awkward situation and he never asked her out, but that story is Pierre. He was dedicated to people he considered his friends and went the extra mile for them. And boy was he in love with Naomi Watts. He loved photographing her and within minutes of my first day on the Kong set he brought me over to his computer, swore me to secrecy and showed me a lot of stills he had taken, fawning not over his work, but over Watts’ beauty. He considered her like a classic film actress, one who just took the air out of the room when she walked in it. It was like talking to a 12 year old who was in love with his teacher. Next time you watch King Kong keep an eye out for the newspaper photographer who climbs up on top of Kong’s body at the end of the movie to get his shot. That’s Pierre, a sly nod from Peter as Pierre probably would climb on top of a monster to get the shot he needed. I’ll also share a picture Pierre took of me, my girlfriend at the time and good friends one day on the Kong visit. He just came up to us and said he wanted us to come outside. On the way out he grabbed Jack Black and proceeded to pose us in various ways. Pierre took a series of ridiculous photos of us, this one my favorite:

Not only was Pierre a fun guy to hang out with and a true artist at his craft, but his passion for photography was worn on his sleeve. He loved his job, he loved tweaking his shots in photoshop… sometimes to be breathtakingly gorgeous, sometimes to be hilariously ugly. He did a series of crew photos on Water Horse, I think, where he took everyone’s picture and made them into ogre-like caricatures. Here’s an example of Pierre playing around, this time with Jack Black from Kong:

The last time I saw Pierre was on The Water Horse set summer of 2006. I was in New Zealand for a straight up get-away, non-work trip and I still ended up on the set of a movie. He was his usual crazy French-Canadian self and it was a pleasant reunion. In the years since we’ve kept in touch via Facebook and an occasional email. He’d sweetly comment on a photo I’d post, complimenting it even if it didn’t deserve it. I’ll remember him for his warmth, for his humor, for his kindness and love. He’d always welcome me with “My friend!” and was free with hugs. He was like a big kid, doing what he loved with the people he loved. I’ve asked some of Pierre’s colleagues to contribute thoughts and stories about the man and the first to respond is Jay Russell, director of The Water Horse, who also provided a great photo of Pierre that I’ll include below. That’ll close out this piece. When I hear back from more I’ll add on to the post. Here’s Jay Russell:
Pierre told me over a year ago that he was battling an illness, but he said, "not to worry, I will be there for your next movie, my friend." Always, "my friend" he would say. True. His work speaks for itself and his powerful images were not just "set stills" they were their own works of art. His work would compliment and supplement the film. Pierre would not just document, he would create. I am heartbroken by his passing. Pierre was the one who always kept me smiling during the roughest moments. And I've never met anyone more excited by the visual image. Sometimes when I'd pick a pretty good shot, Pierre would say, "Thank you, my friend, for that image!" We had much more to do and I will miss him dearly.


Thanks, Jay. Now I’ll leave you with some of Pierre’s work. There’s a personal shot or two, but most of it his film work.













My thoughts are with Pierre’s friends and family. I’ll miss you, my friend. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • March 5, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    RIP Boner Stabone

    by fiester

    More people new him than this guy--and he did not get an obit on here.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    fiester

    by Quint

    "This guy" was a friend of mine. That's the difference.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by detonator

    Nice shots there

  • March 5, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Traumnovelle

    It sounds like he was a really rad person. Ride in paradise.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Friend or not, don't you think the people who visit this site deserve other stories as well. This site has not really posted anything meaningful in some time unless it was for one of their own "Friends". Not trying to be a douche, but seriously there is more news posted in the talkbacks than on this site.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    P.S. Quint

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Sorry to hear about your friend, it is obvious he was very talented.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    listen people

    by donduck

    sometimes i feel like people just like to start fights just when given the opportunity. One of the downfalls of 'fanboydom'

  • March 5, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Amazing

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

    This is talent. He will be missed.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by tiredpm

    My condolences to Mr. Vinet's family and friends, including you, Eric.<p>By the way, I think it's time to disable talkbacks on some posts -- eulogies and obits would be the prime example. 7 posts in and there's criticism and a flat out flame? It's tiresome and a reason that I don't post very often any more.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    RIP Walt

    by Ingeld

  • March 5, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Boner deserves an obit - because of his parents

    by TheBitchuation

    heartbreaking press conferences. And because he is the poster boy for depression at the moment.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Nice and respectful shout out

    by jimbojones123

  • March 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Nice and respectful shout out

    by jimbojones123

  • March 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    What is i about you some of you talkbackers?

    by OrsonSwells

    What exactly do you think this site owes you? The guy posts something about a friend who passed away and you immediately bash him? Real class acts.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    OrsonSwells

    by TheBitchuation

    How are we bashing Herc? We are celebrating boner!! I'm sure Herc's friend would laugh at that since his humour was dirty and questionable. RIP Pierre.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Tiredpm

    by Dharma4

    I agree, I really do. No talkbacks for eulogies would be good. RIP This was talent

  • March 5, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Pierre Vinet belongs to this site.

    by quentintarantado

    The guy posted an obit on his friend in relation to his friend's involvement in films. They didn't post an obit on Boner because they aren't perfect. The nice thing about this site is, if Boner is important to you, you can post one yourself, and maybe it will appear. But a lot of sites already talk about the sad passing of Boner, not so many know about the talented Vinet's passing, or even that he lived (those images had to come from somewhere, right? Few people realize pretty pictures require rarefied skill to produce. As an aside, those images were on my desktop when the movies were still coming up.)

  • March 5, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    closed talkbacks?

    by Quint

    Despite the occasional bad apples the talkbacks for obituaries tend to bring out the best in those that usually troll and act as a great place for people to pay their respects.<BR><BR>Let's not forget that at Stan Winston's funeral James Cameron read aloud talkbacks from the obit that ran here. I've heard personally from friends and family of people we've written about who thanked me for the article and even more for giving a voice to fans of their father/brother/mother/etc' work and how much it meant to the family.<BR><BR>I realize Pierre's not a name, was just a regular crew member and not important to a lot of people and I don't expect many to show up give praise to a guy they probably didn't know existed, but the man meant a lot to me and I felt I should pay tribute to him. I'm not asking for people to now give a shit, just not be a dick in this particular forum.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    You people, you people.

    by alan_poon

    Some quality pics there, fair play to the man.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Good work, and sounds like a cool guy...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...pour some on the ground for the people behind the scenes.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    ...I'm starting to worry that none of us are getting out of here

    by FlickaPoo

    ...alive.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Great obit Quint.

    by Galactic

    Never had the pleasure of meeting the man but I DEFINITELY recognize his work. I kind of feel like I know him a little bit now thanks to you. Sounded like an awesome dude. RIP to him and condolences to his family and friends, you included.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    AICN Obituary column...its about time?

    by I_am_Torgo

    Look guys, I'm sad (just as you are) when someone has passed away, that has contributed their considerable talents, and, sometimes their entire life to the media that we all love, but! There are plenty of individuals in the UK, Europe and elsewhere who have contributed to the film industry that don't get a mention. For instance in the UK recently, the actors; Ian Carmichael, and Lionel Jeffries passed away, and there wasn't a mention except what I put on the site. They may not mean a lot to you! But, they mean something to me! AICN and the movie industry doesn’t just start and stop with Hollywood, and 'who you know, Quint!’ There are actors, directors, and behind the scenes crew that have passed away, which people, and contributors to your site out with L.A., genuinely want to express their condolences for, and not just for those people who contributed the most to Hollywood. With this in mind; Quint, and Harry! What about a proper Obituary Column on the site, where people can at least post their condolences to their favorite actor who has passed away out with the usual snash that gets posted? And, lastly, and completely ‘off-topic’, I am pissed off, and have been for some time, that you can’t organise a BNAT out with the US! Come on, what about it? Come to Scotland, and the UK!

  • March 5, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The comments from others on these obits..

    by Jaka

    ...totally shatter any faith I have in humanity picking itself up out of it's current shithole to make itself better. So selfish and disrespectful. If you want to write an obit for somebody create your own site and have at it. At the very least, write it and send it to the AICN contributors. That's how things used to happen around here, ya know? Us regular folk got off our asses and made things happen. Now it's just complaining in OTHER PEOPLES OBITUARIES. Siiigh. <br><br>Peace and solace to Pierre's family and friends during this difficult time. That includes you Quint.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    It's anonymity of the internet

    by SuperDeformedFirst

    mood swings, darkness in peoples psyches, that enable people to write negative comments on obits. No one would have the balls to say that kind of stuff to your face if they knew you Herc. They're just bullies looking to hurt someone.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    You don't have to explain why you put this article up

    by D o o d

    People should just behave and act decently. Whether you know the guy or not, he worked in the film business and he passed away. Big love to all his family and friends.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Quint...Please don't explain.

    by meta4

    This man was your friend, you do not need to explain yourself to talk backers who choose to be D-bags. I never knew this man,but i love his work based on him working alongside Peter Jackson. I hope that didn't sound like a below the belt shot. In my opinion Some of the Obits here have been borderline self indulgent but this was a sweet one...through your writing you've caused me to put King Kong (2005) on while I write this. R.I.P Pierre Vinet.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    @ JettL1993 re: Nan Martin

    by quentintarantado

    As I said, try post one for her. Really, we should champion little-known but talented people. Just like the site occasionally champions little-known but great films.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Way to be a jack ass

    by qqmore

    The whole point of this piece was for Quint to pay respects to someone that was close to him over the years. So what if he wasnt a "big" name that alot of people knew. He was a big name to Quint and thats all that matters. Rip Vinet.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by vezner2007

  • March 5, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Speaking of King Kong, what's this KK 360 3-D all about?

    by AzulTool

  • March 5, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    He didn’t his close friends, so it’s no surprise I was completel

    by Chili_Dog_Phart

    Um, maybe you weren't really friends then, were you? My friends get cancer, I know about it. Just sayin'. Don't get all sanctimonious at talkbackers being typical talkbakers when you are trying to inject your own story into this guy's life. An obit should speak for itself and be about the man, not your fucking set visits.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    That was a pretty touching obituary Quint.

    by xXxJamiexXx

    Man...I'm really sorry for the loss of your friend. My condolences to his family.

  • March 5, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    RIP Pierre

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    Nice story Quint. I never thought about the still photographers before, your friend sounds like a real class act. Sorry your thread is being trolled like it is. Ridiculous.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    sorry

    by Darth Thoth

    Quint, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss and recent losses in general. Stay strong. Thank you for this touching obit. God bless.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Quint had a girlfriend? Yeah, right.

    by CerebralAssassin

    It's amazing how many of those LOTR pics are burned into my memory. A wonderful photographer and thanks for giving a shout out to the below the liners. Hardest working people in film.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    ...I shouldn't do this, but Chili_Dog...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...you're a mean spirited simpleton.<P> Apparently you've never had far flung friends...people you've been close to but who live around the world. You keep in touch, but life gets in the way...but when you do manage to get together again, it's just like old times.<P>As for the set visits, Quint could hardly let us know what was cool about his friend without talking about hanging out with him on set.<P>You obviously have very little experience of life, but still...you shame yourself, and your family.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    @Geektard_Smasher: LOL

    by the_knightfall

    BW: Quint is the "little chubby guy". You can tell a guy is from AICN if he is chubby and wearing glasses. Pretty much all of them are/do.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I didn't know him, but he seems very talented. Rest in peace.

    by the_knightfall

  • March 5, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    ...ah, I see that my lecture was unnecessary...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the simpleton has been ejected.<P>I shouldn't have gotten involved in the first place.<P>Again, beautiful work Mr. Vinet.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Hey now

    by Quint

    Chubby, yes. Little, no. I'm six foot! We're playing monkeys! I'm stooped over! Gimme a break!

  • March 5, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I loved his work.

    by Ghostpirate

    I look through the Lord of the Rings visual guides and art books regularly at work for inspiration. I am very sad that he is gone.

  • March 5, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Quint, hope you ignore the idiots calling you out

    by performingmonkey

    You're well within your rights to post this, especially considering he was your friend. And it's probably unwise to close obit TBs. There's already so much 'hate' around here as it is. If the obit TBs were closed it would just be one more thing for the cunts who lurk just round the corner to whine about while they're waiting for their redtube vids to load. I also DISAGREE that there should be more obits on here. If Quint and other contributors don't feel the need to do an obit piece then it doesn't need to be on here. If the person who died has impacted your life in some way then yes an obit seems more relevant and can be heartfelt rather than 'oh yeah, thought you'd like to know x died, and oh yeah here's some of their work...' and there's no thought behind it. And btw Quint's not chubby, YOU are.

  • March 5, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Sorry for Vinet...

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    But the other talkbackers are right. Should of been an obit for Koenig and there seemed know other place this week to place our feelings but with another obit. Friend or not, we all new Koenig from our childhood. AICN=Ain't It Cold...

  • March 5, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    online set photographer for LOTR??? --- Lucky Bastard

    by Guesthouse

    sold his soul. I'm sorry AICN, I'm in the middle of Season 3 of Supernatural. Thanks for the sympathy for my father who just died.

  • March 5, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, you are better than me, Oh ok? I just killed

    by Guesthouse

    myself because of you

  • March 5, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I love fake sympathy

    by Guesthouse

  • March 5, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Give Quint a break

    by StrokerAce

    The reason a lot of us come to Ain't It Cool isn't because the site has up-to-the-minute coverage of all things entertainment; it's the personal slant guys like Quint put on the stories that keeps us coming back. It's the thing that made this site. Quint just lost a buddy, and that's a shit-ass feeling - but he's got an audience of a gazillion that's now reading about Pierre's life and contributions to the medium. It's not about "person x who worked on movie y died and they didn't run an obit" - it's about who it was and why they meant something to the writer. We've all lost people that meant so much to us that, given the opportunity, we'd tell the world how we felt. Quint's got the audience, and he used it to honor his friend. I'm willing to bet that given the chance, a lot of you would do the same thing. I know I would.

  • March 5, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint

    by Barko

    Great post, Quint. Condolences to you and to Pierre's family and friends. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • March 5, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    he took photos???

    by DioxholsterReturns

    is that a profession? i just assumed everyone did it

  • March 5, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Boner WAS THE Joker

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

  • March 5, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    ??

    by qqmore

    The other talk backers are right in slamming Quint for not making an obit for Koenig? I'm pretty sure there are other for AICN that could have made an obit for him. Everyone talking shit is a poor excuse for a human being.

  • March 5, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks Eric

    by VFXpert

    Pierre was a great guy. He always had a smile on his face and an incredible lust for life. When the set got tense - he could make you crack up with just a look. His passion while shooting was only matched by his incredible talent - which was recognized by the respect of the cast and camera crew - who would let him shoot from wherever he wanted during shooting (which is unusual) - so he captured some of the most amazing stills I've ever seen. He also was a huge help to the visual effects team - shooting all of the actors for us to create our "digi doubles" - the CG versions of the cast we needed for some of the more complex VFX shots. A true artist, and a great guy. I'll miss you "my friend!"

  • March 5, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    We have this backwards, I think

    by ROBRAM89

    We shouldn't be looking at him as some guy who had a job nobody cares about, we should be asking ourselves why this is such an unappreciated job. I for one wouldn't want to have to stumble onto a movie set and take a picture that matches the look and feel of some master cinematographer's work in a single still image. Not only was he clearly a talented photographer, the work he did got no attention and I honestly don't see why. This should be the moment we start respecting not just this man, but the job, and by extension all of the other jobs in the industry that take real, genuine talent.

  • March 5, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Another "Thanks Quint"

    by smallerdemon

    This was touching. It also stretches into educational and enlightening as well since Pierre was in a field that few think of yet all movie fans unconsciously partake in. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to do it and shining a light on this little thought of yet vitally important part of film in honoring such a tremendous talent at it.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    sorry about ALL the OTHER dead people

    by frank cotton

    even those i've never heard of...now piss the fuck off. these fussy little bitches give trolls a bad name

  • March 6, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by frank cotton

  • March 6, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    art clokey's still dead

    by jon pertwee

    but i bet if he were a on set photog he's get an obit.

  • March 6, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    RIP and

    by Dingbatty

    Fuck you, cancer! You bastard.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    That was a very nice obit.

    by V'Shael

  • March 6, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    AICN and obituaries

    by Toonol

    If aicn ran obituaries 'professionally', they'd have a section devoted to it, with a fairly standardized format, and decide how long of an article to write based on the deceased's popularity/notoriety.<p> And it would be soulless, and it wouldn't be aicn. Aicn relies on having a small staff of geeky-cool writers writing about the stuff that interests them. It isn't Entertainment Weekly. They write obituaries when somebody passes that they have a strong emotional commitment to.<p> I'm sad that Pierre is gone in the sense I'm sad that when any decent person dies; I know it's sad, but it's abstract, not personal. However, this is an opportunity to learn a little something, to briefly meet a guy that sounds fun and who had an interesting job that most of us never consciously recognized. Quint thought he was cool, after all.

  • March 6, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    ...and don't disable talkbacks

    by Toonol

    in obituaries. They're mostly good and valuble.<p> But I sure would support instant and permanent bannings of everybody talking crap in them. It would improve aicn immensely, as there is no redeeming factor, no shred of respectable humanity, in any of the juvenile twats who do that.

  • March 6, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    FYI : That shot with Peter / Gandalf is on the Minas Tirith set

    by livingwater

    That shot with Peter and Gandalf is on the Minas Tirith set. It isn't real. It looks like Italy or somewhere, but everything there, all the architecture etc... is painted wood, polystyrene etc... and was destroyed after production.

  • March 6, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    so what, people die, we live

    by DioxholsterReturns

    bonus points for us

  • March 6, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    don't disable talkbacks, just start banning

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm as un-PC as they come, but it takes a special kind of asshole to just shit and whine all over an obit talkback. ESPECIALLY one about a guy that sounds like the coolest dude ever.<p>and I'm not talking about shit like if Michael J. Fox dies, and someone says, "I guess he's gone back to the future!" I'm talking about people who are so desperate for attention that they seek out the obits to post ignorant, hateful shit just because they know it'll get them negative attention from the rest of us. just delete 'em, Quint. who is going to complain? only other assholes who should probably also be banned. this ain't a pay site...fuck em!<p>the talkbacks are full of vitriol and insults, and that's fine...it's always been that way and if it's in service of arguing over movie stuff or geek stuff, I say great.<p>but if someone dies, someone that lived a life devoted to the stuff we supposedly worship on this site...I mean come on. we're all still human, right?<p>put aside your sad little need for attention for two seconds, and if you can't come up with one nice thing to say, then use what little sense you have left...and shut the fuck up.<p>as for Mr. Vinet, think it says a lot about him that someone as familial as Peter Jackson kept him in his close knit group through the adventure. he sounds like an amazing guy, and my heart goes out to his family, and to everyone who knew him professionally (especially since it seems that to know him professionally was to know him personally). RIP sir!

  • March 6, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    A great obituary.

    by Optimus Prime

    Excellent job Quint. While I recognized all of the photos from the LOTR with great fondness. It's nice to learn more about the person who took those great pictures. It's unfortunate that it had to be under these circumstances. Your obituary for Pierre was an excellent touching piece and I admire that it came from the heart and that that was obvious. In a website full of quips and comments made for a joke or to see who can out-do one another at cheap shock value regardless of taste, it's writing like this that keeps me coming back. You've done an honor to your friend and his amazing eye.

  • March 6, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    AICN SHOULD disable Talkbacks...

    by meta4

    In Obits because you don't see that kind of shit in the newspaper. How wierd would that be to read your local newspapers obit section and right below that touching piece you'd see "Here Lies Jimmy Kimmel,D-bag"

  • March 6, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    We need more stories like this

    by Moonwatcher

    We need to know more about the behind the scenes folks who keep productions running. Seeing those photos, knowing now who was responsible for them, knowing that the cool guy who took them is not lost to history, is a good thing. We also need to know that guys like Quint have a forum for telling us why these people are important. So, you go Quint. Thanks for letting us in and showing us the guys who work in the trenches.

  • March 6, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Let people be who they are

    by jimbojones123

    And be greatful that they have to live with themselves. This is the same attitude that people should have driving as well.

  • March 6, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Classy obit. Not so classy talkback.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Great work Quint.

  • March 6, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I plan on killing myself

    by TuneIntoMyWeirdness

    AICN doesn't care about Boner

  • March 6, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Sean Astin is a bit of a cunt aint't he?

    by TuneIntoMyWeirdness

    He wouldn't give two shits about Pierre Vinet or someone as good as him

  • March 6, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Great obit, Quint

    by YackBacker

    Photography is truly an art, and Mr. Vinet left an incredible body of work. Too bad he'll be known mostly for homoerotic LOTR material, but hey, men loving men is alright with me.

  • March 6, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    by Sith Witch

    "Lest you forget..." Quint, how was anyone to know that Cameron quoted talkbacks at Winston's funeral unless we were there? That's SUPER cool to know however! I have a question about the first three images: Aren't those three just screen-grabs of the main action, or was Pierre a motion cameraman on the day those were shot? Rest in Peace Mr. Vinet! You sound like a wonderful individual to have known.

  • March 6, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    James Cameron reads AICN talkbacks?

    by umbral_shadow_

    That means he must have been aware of the almost unpresidented levels of hate for Avatar. Those TBs went on forever, and spewed all kinds of vitriol towards Avatar and/or Cameron. Not that he cares. Some TBer's use this site as a form of therapy to vent their frustrations and get attention. The key is - don't feed a troll. Ignore them and they will quickly vanish.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Sorry for your loss, Quint

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I started reading this with the usual AICN thinking "Oh he's just bragging about how he got to hang out with this guy on Peter Jackson's sets" but quickly realized that meeting a nice, decent genuine human being in the middle of all that was what really mattered. The fact that he stayed in contact with you afterward shows that. He sounds like someone I would have liked to have known myself.

  • March 6, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Quint.

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    this is why i chose to email you in the first place. man, i called it. lol

  • March 6, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Frodo and Sam are about to make out

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    kind of looks it...

  • March 6, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Live Life To the Fullest - This will be my last

    by TuneIntoMyWeirdness

    post AICN

  • March 6, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Quint...you're a fuckin' fag

    by IH8HARRY

    Dedicating a talkback to a still photographer is a waste of government resources. Now that you've done one for this poor shlub, you better be fair and do an obituary/talkback for every soon to be corpse in the Movie Industry...to include caterers and janitors. Fuck you.

  • March 7, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    take that asshole with you

    by frank cotton

  • March 7, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Totally agree about banning

    by Jaka

    Don't understand why it's not done more often. IP addresses even. I own a BBS, it ain't that hard to ban user names or IP addresses. The only issue is that someone would actually have to read and police every talkback on a constant basis.

  • March 7, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Sith

    by VFXpert

    No - those are Pierre's shots. He had a gift to put himself in exactly the right places to catch the best still frames. Sometimes it was close to one of the Arri cameras - and on many sets - the DP would tell the Still Photog to get lost and move away from his camera - but Pierre produced such great work - he was allowed to go virtually anywhere he wanted. He also took great "Behind the scenes" shots - and not just the big shots - but the whole crew. And then every once and a while - he'd set up his Powerbook into slide show mode and run the crew photos - which everyone would stop to watch (when they could). He also burned a disk or two and slipped them as a reminder to some lucky crew folks. This is just one small example of what a cool dude he was, and while he'll be missed by many many folks.

  • March 7, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    VFXpert

    by Sith Witch

    Thanks so much for the information on those sort of shots. He indeed had a gift if he was able to be in the thick of action to that extent! Thanks for giving him extra credit where it is most certainly due!

  • March 7, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    he's now making stills in a Kubrick movie

    by peschi

    his Heavenly Creatures still is still one of my favorite stills ever. You surely will be missed Pierre.

  • March 7, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    wow

    by DamnMichaelBay

    I'm now inspired to go searching the internet for other photos by him. His skill at composition is obvious even to a hack like me.

  • March 7, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Update: General Franco Is Still Dead!

    by cookylamoo

  • March 7, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Mesothelioma also got Warren Zevon

    by I am_NOTREAL

    not that it really matters, but I think asbestos exposure, while one of the common causes, isn't the only way to get it.

  • March 7, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    when i saw the update

    by jon pertwee

    i thought he really wasn't dead

  • March 7, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    UPDATED! He was actually just really tired!

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

  • March 8, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I guess that means

    by CherryValance

    he took what's one of my favorite pictures of Sean Bean. http://tinyurl.com/ylba5ll

  • March 9, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Oscars

    by Dazzler69

    No Boner in the death tribute, I forgot to watch for this guy in there....anybody? I think if you punch your own ticket you should not get a mention of honor. It should be on the razzies instead.

  • March 12, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    DOP LOTR

    by mkupfoto

    Just for y'all to know Andrew Lesnie , LOTR DOP who received an Oscar for the films said in a letter to me that Pierre was his greatest critic and greatest ally - M. VINET