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.
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.
March 5, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST
More people new him than this guy--and he did not get an obit on here.
March 5, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
"This guy" was a friend of mine. That's the difference.
March 5, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST
Nice shots there
March 5, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST
It sounds like he was a really rad person. Ride in paradise.
March 5, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST
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
Sorry to hear about your friend, it is obvious he was very talented.
March 5, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST
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
This is talent. He will be missed.
March 5, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST
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
March 5, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST
heartbreaking press conferences. And because he is the poster boy for depression at the moment.
March 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST
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March 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
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
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
I agree, I really do. No talkbacks for eulogies would be good. RIP This was talent
March 5, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST
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
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
Some quality pics there, fair play to the man.
March 5, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST
...pour some on the ground for the people behind the scenes.
March 5, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST
March 5, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST
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
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
...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
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
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
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
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
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
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March 5, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
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
Man...I'm really sorry for the loss of your friend. My condolences to his family.
March 5, 2010, 7 p.m. CST
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
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
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
...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
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
March 5, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST
...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
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 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
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
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
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
myself because of you
March 5, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
March 5, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
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
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
is that a profession? i just assumed everyone did it
March 5, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST
March 5, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST
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
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 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
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
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
by frank cotton
March 6, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST
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
Fuck you, cancer! You bastard.
March 6, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST
March 6, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST
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
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
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
bonus points for us
March 6, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST
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
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
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 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
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
Great work Quint.
March 6, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST
AICN doesn't care about Boner
March 6, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST
He wouldn't give two shits about Pierre Vinet or someone as good as him
March 6, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST
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.
"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
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
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
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
kind of looks it...
March 6, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST
March 6, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST
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
by frank cotton
March 7, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
March 7, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST
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
by jon pertwee
i thought he really wasn't dead
March 7, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST
March 8, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST
he took what's one of my favorite pictures of Sean Bean. http://tinyurl.com/ylba5ll
March 9, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST
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
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