Australian filmmaker killed in helicopter crash

Australian writer-producer Andrew Wight and American cinematographer Mike deGruy have died in a helicopter crash off the coast of New South Wales.

Pictured: Wight, with Sanctum executive producer James Cameron.

Wight, 51, co-wrote and produced the 3-D Australian film Sanctum. He has been described as James Cameron‘s Australian right-hand man.

DeGruy, 60, had won numerous BAFTAs and Emmy awards for his craft.

The duo was reportedly scouting locations for an upcoming National Geographic project.

Cameron issued a joint press release with National Geographic to share his condolences:

“Mike and Andrew 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.”

R.I.P.

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