Wed, Feb 08, 2012
Reportedly Working On National Geographic 3-D Feature
American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television
writer-producer Andrew Wight, described as underwater documentary
specialists, were killed Saturday in the crash of a helicopter
shortly after takeoff from an airstrip in Jasper’s Brush,
near Nowra, 80 miles south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the two are believed to have been
working on a 3D feature-length documentary about Papua New Guinea
for National Geographic with American Director James Cameron.
DeGruy was a 60-year-old resident of Santa Barbara, California,
and won multiple Emmy and British Academy of Film and Television
Arts awards for cinematography. The 52-year-old Wight lived in
Melbourne, and wrote and produced the 3D movie "Sanctum,"
Australian cinema's biggest box office hit of 2010.
Cameron was executive producer for that film, also directed
"Avatar," which has become the biggest-grossing movie of all time,
and has worked in the past on other projects for National
Geographic. He says deGruy and Wight "were like family to me. They
were my deep-sea brothers and both were true explorers who did
extraordinary things and went places no human being has been."
Australia's ABC News reports Wight was the pilot of the Robinson
R44 at the time of the accident. The Australian Transport Safety
Bureau will investigate.
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