Michael V. deGruy
December 29, 1951
|Died||February 4, 2012 (aged 60)|
|Known for||Underwater cinematography|
Michael V. deGruy (December 29, 1951 – February 4, 2012) was an American documentary filmmaker specializing 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, including 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 the BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. His notable accomplishments include diving beneath thermal vents in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 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.
On February 4, 2012, deGruy died 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.
- Leith, Terri (February 6, 2012). "Mike DeGruy, CALS 2010-11 Distinguished Alumnus, Has Died in Helicopter Crash". North Carolina State University. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
- deGruy, Mike. "Hooked By an Octopus".
- "Mike deGruy". TED.
- "Mike deGruy: 1951-2012". Santa Barbara Independent. February 15, 2012.
- "Support the Mike deGruy Documentary". Santa Barbara Independent. November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Aviation safety investigations & reports - Collision with terrain - Robinson R44, VH-COK, Jaspers Brush, NSW, 4 February 2012 Archived August 23, 2017, at the Wayback Machine 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
- Macfadyen, William M. (February 4, 2012). "Santa Barbara Filmmaker Mike deGruy Killed in Australia Helicopter Crash". Noozhawk. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
- on YouTube
- "Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy". divingdeepmovie.com. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Shelton, Heather (January 5, 2020). "'Diving Deep' Debuts: HSU Journalism Grad Is Now a Documentary Filmmaker". Times-Standard. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
- Gilliam, Bret C. (2007). Diving Pioneers and Innovators. New World Publications. ISBN 978-1-878348-42-5.