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Credit: Clockwise from top left: Visual effects producer Eileen Moran 2/28/10; Peter Jackson 12/7/12; Michael Hopkins 3/23/03

Director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and his WETA Digital team suffered the loss of two esteemed colleagues last month: VFX producer Eileen Moran, 60, who died of cancer on Dec. 2, and sound editor Mike Hopkins, 53, who was killed in a rafting accident on Dec. 30. In honor of their contributions to films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Jackson emailed EW these memories of his departed friends.

On Mike Hopkins, Academy Award winning sound editor (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, King Kong)

On Eileen Moran, VFX editor (King Kong, Avatar, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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