December 29, 1951|
Mobile, Alabama, United States
|Died||February 4, 2012
Jaspers Brush, New South Wales, Australia
|Fields||Underwater Cinematography, TED Speaker|
Mike deGruy (December 29, 1951 – February 4, 2012) was an American documentary filmmaker specialising in underwater cinematography. His credits include Life in the Freezer, Trials of Life, The Blue Planet and Pacific Abyss. He was also known for his storytelling, most notably, a passionate TED talk about his love of the ocean on the Mission Blue Voyage. His company, Film Crew Inc., specialized in underwater cinematography, filming for BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel. His notable accomplishments include diving beneath thermal vents in both the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. He was a member of many deep sea expeditions and was a part of the team that first filmed the vampire squid and the nautilus.
In 2012, he was killed in a helicopter crash at Jaspers Brush near the town of Berry in New South Wales, Australia. The crash also claimed the life of Australian filmmaker Andrew Wight. Marine biologist Edith Widder dedicated her 2013 TED talk detailing the first filming of the giant squid to his memory.
- Aviation safety investigations & reports - Collision with terrain - Robinson R44, VH-COK, Jaspers Brush, NSW, 4 February 2012 Australian Transport Safety Bureau
- Celebrated Filmmakers Killed in Australian Helicopter Crash National Geographic, February 5, 2012
- Top filmmakers Mike deGruy and Andrew Wight have died in a NSW chopper crash The Australian, February 5, 2012
- TED Talk 2013 - Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid on YouTube
Interview in *Gilliam, Bret C (2007). Diving Pioneers and Innovators. New World Publications. ISBN 1-878348-42-6.