JOHN R. LEONETTI (Director) was born on July 4th, 1956 to film
legend Frank Leonetti, known for his work as electrical/gaffer on The Wizard of
Oz and Singing in the Rain. At age 18, Leonetti joined the camera union and went
to become one of the youngest directors of photography of his time when he
achieved four Cable Ace nominations for Best Cinematography. Throughout his
career, Leonetti's had the great privilege to work with directors Coppola,
Spielberg, Tom Hanks, James Cameron and exclusively with John Frankenhiemer.
After shooting the hit films The Mask and Mortal Kombat, he was asked to direct
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The film took #1 at the box office opening weekend.
In 2006, Leonetti teamed up with director James Wan (Saw) to shoot five films,
including Insidious and The Conjuring. He then directed Annabelle, the prequel
to The Conjuring. The movie made over $37 million opening weekend and went on to
gross over $256 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing horror film and
one of the most profitable films of the year.
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