Two weeks ago the world lost one its most charismatic documentary filmmakers, cinematographers, and guardian of the oceans and their creatures.
Mike de Gruy was killed on take off in a helicopter crash in Australia as he was scouting for a new film for James Cameron with producer Andrew White.I met Mike for the first time in October in France. We had brought him onboard as a key cinematographer and to act as sub pilot for our mission to explore the bottom of the Mediterranean for plastic rubbish for the Plastic Oceans feature film. Mike brought a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the shoot that made me, as a director, feel as though I had known him for a lifetime. He was greatly revered for his work and admired as a humanitarian. His large, impish grin will remain firmly implanted in my minds eye. His ribald limericks always delivered with a wink and a devilish smile.I couldn't say it better however than this tribute to the great man by another cinematographer and good friend of his.http://www.davidpuu.com/blog/?tag=mike-degruy-memorialAnd this article in the Independent on his life. http://www.independent.com/news/2012/feb/15/mike-degruy-1951-2012/RIP Mike. You will live always through your films and it's an honour to have worked with you on ours.Craig