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Two Filmmakers Killed in Australian Helicopter Crash

Mike deGruy Andrew Wight Split - P 2012
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Emmy-award winner Mike deGruy and acclaimed writer-producer Andrew Wight were scouting locations in Australia for a documentary.

An Australian writer-producer who worked with James Cameron and an American cinematographer have died in a helicopter crash, reports Australia's NewsComAu.

The victims of the crash were Mike deGruy, 60, of Santa Barbara, and Andrew Wight,  51, of Victoria, Australia. The men's helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon on the south coast of Australia.

The filmmakers were reportedly scouting locations for a documentary.

DeGruy was a multiple BAFTA- and Emmy-award winner, and specialized in underwater cinematography. Wight earned acclaim for his role in writing and producing last year's 3D film Sanctum, which earned more than $100 million worldwide.

Reports indicate that Wight was working on a film with Cameron, and that he had been involved in developing the 3D technology used to make Avatar

The cause of the crash is being investigated by Australian aviation officials.