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MARTIN KENZIE BSC – 1956 to 2012

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We were shocked to hear that Martin Kenzie BSC, at the tender age of 56, passed away last Saturday night, following a brief, bitter battle with Cancer.

Martin joined the Society as an Associate Member in 1998 and following his leap from Camera Operating to Director of Photography was elected a Full Member of the Society earlier this year.

He operated on over 18 productions, and was awarded the GBCT Operators Award for his work on ‘Hamlet’ in 1997 and again for ‘Band of Brothers’ (shared credit with Martin Hume) in 2001.   In 2003 he made the break into lighting and among his lighting credits featured the recently broadcast ‘Game of Thrones’.

There will be a Memorial Service for Martin in due course, he will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

 

18 Comments

  1. Massimo Rinella says:

    It was very sad to know a so bad news , I was honorated to work with him , a skilled DoP but first of all a lord. Goodbye Martin

    Massimo Rinella
    dolly grip from Rome

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  2. Terry Cox says:

    Martin will be so missed a trule nice guy.
    I had first worked with him probably 30 years ago he was a loader I was sfx assistant. Martin a friend to all the crew and a real pro.
    the industry will miss you lots.

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  3. Greatly saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Martin Kenzie BSC. Camera Operator, Director of Photography… and teacher. A wonderful, honourable, and true gentleman, sharing a beautiful talent through the lens. Such a great loss, Martin will be very sorely missed.

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  4. Mick Coulter says:

    I never had the pleasure of working with him and only met Martin once or twice but my memory is of a lovely and charming man. So sad.

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  5. Iain Smith says:

    Martin was one of the most talented and able camera operators I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His mental and physical agility in service of the job to hand was astonishing, and his boundless energy and good humour were forever an asset to a production, both as a technician, and as a human being. When I heard yesterday of his struggle and his early passing I was deeply saddened. A wonderful man and a great loss to many. I send my condolences to his family,

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  6. Rob Duncan says:

    I have just heard the terrible news about Martin.
    I worked with him recently on Johnny English Reborn and will forever cherish that experience with him – what a wonderful, charming, collaborative, knowledgeable and dedicated person.
    Please pass on my condolences to his wife and sons.

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  7. Jay mallet says:

    Very sad news. A true talent and a gentleman RIP Martin you will be missed

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  8. Kenneth Branagh says:

    Martin was an exceptionally talented colleague, and warm, witty company as a person.
    i am shocked and truly saddened to hear of his passing, and I send my sincere condolences to his family, and to the many other colleagues who knew and liked him as we all did.
    He will be very very much missed.

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  9. Sheridan Jobbins says:

    This news is truly shocking. If there were words to encapsulate Martin they are lively and vivacious. His enthusiasm for a day’s work on set was totally infectious.

    He was the Director of Photography on “Easy Virtue”, and it was a pleasure to direct second unit for him. His work was beautiful – elegant, sophisticated and subtle. I am sad to hear that he has gone.

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  10. Humphrey Dixon says:

    This is great loss to the industry. I worked with Martin on two or three pictures, and had a great deal of respect for him, a truly talented cinematographer whose career continued to go from strength to strength. My condolences to his family.

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  11. Toby Jepson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. I worked along side him as a stand in and then as an assistant on his camera team on Band of Brothers. In short, he made the experience fun, thrilling and bare able. I’m proud to have called him a friend and avidly followed his career after the fact and was not surprised to see him constantly working and getting the recognition he richly deserved. A real gentleman and fantastic talent.

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  12. Cal Clapp says:

    Gone from us too early. RIP. Condolences to his family.

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  13. Christopher Monger says:

    I worked with Martin over a decade ago and have only learned of his death because of a dedication on Game Of Thrones. He was an operator when I knew him and was absolutely the best I ever met. It was like having an operator, and another first AD — and a diplomat all rolled into one. He was so talented and his energy, grace and humor made him unique. I am deeply saddened by his loss.

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  14. JJ Long says:

    I just finished watching the Season III Premier of Game of Thrones today which actually aired this past Easter (March 31st) and I had no idea Martin had passed away or what type of films he had been a part of. I also learned of his death because of a dedication on Game of Thrones at the end of the episode. He was quite the visionary and such a powerful creative mind. He will truly be missed, what a terrific spirit he was.

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  15. Marcio says:

    Met him at a restaurant where I used to work and I’m glad that I got to know him for just a little bit. Very nice guy. RIP Martin.

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  16. yan miles says:

    lost for words. Martin allowed me to see through his viewfinder, I was honoured and grateful.

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  17. Vernon White says:

    I remember a warm and Talented man who was one of very few who recognised that a Costume Supervisor was an asset to a Production and made at times big differences to a scene ! Wish there had been more as appreciative and clearly talented as he was, a wonderful pleasure to work with on Dinotopia years back
    Another loss too soon. Vernon White

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  18. Georgina Rylance says:

    I worked with Martin over ten years ago for seven months in Budapest on a long series and then again in London and he was wonderful. He was funny, hard working and dedicated. Very sad to hear the news and I send his family my condolences. He will be very missed.

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