Dean Semler

Director of photography, Director, 2nd unit director
Semler gained his training as a camera operator at a local TV station in his native Australia. Within months, he had begun to work as a cameraman, shooting news stories for the station, which, in turn, led to a ... Read more »
Born: in Australia

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (64)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heaven is for Real 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Secretariat 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

2012 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Click 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Just My Luck 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stealth 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Director of Photography)

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

XXX 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Detox 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bone Collector 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trojan War 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Three Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Impulse 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dead Calm 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

a-camera operator (Camera Operator)

K-9 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Melba 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Photography

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Lighthorsemen 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bullseye 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Going Sane 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Coca-Cola Kid 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Razorback 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Undercover 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hoodwink 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

In Memory of Malawan 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kitty and the Bagman 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Earthling 1981 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Road Warrior 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stepping Out 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Let the Balloon Go 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Passion Flower (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Return to Eden (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Director (3)

The Patriot 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Firestorm 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Actor (1)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Semler gained his training as a camera operator at a local TV station in his native Australia. Within months, he had begun to work as a cameraman, shooting news stories for the station, which, in turn, led to a nine-year stint at Film Australia. Not only did Semler work as a documentary filmmaker but he also shot anthropological films for educational and research purposes.

Relationships

Annie Semler

Wife

Milestones

2002

Garnered praise for lensing "We Were Soldiers"

2000

Was cinematograper on "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"

1999

Shot "The Bone Collector"

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Firestorm"

1995

Was cinematographer on "Waterworld", starring Costner

1990

First collaboration with Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves"

1989

American TV miniseries debut, "Lonesome Dove", directed by Wincer

1988

First US production, "Cocktail"

1988

First film shot in US, "Young Guns"

1987

Was director of photography for Simon Wincer's "The Lighthorseman"

1986

American TV-movie debut, "Passion Flower"

1985

Shot Miller's "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"

1981

First theatrical feature, "Hoodwink"

1981

First collaboration with George Miller, "The Road Warrior"

1976

First credit as director of photography on a fiction film, "Let the Balloon Go", shot for public TV

Began career as camera operator at a TV station before becoming a TV news cameraman

Worked as documentary cameraman with Film Australia for nine years (shot 23 films; eight of which won major awards) and shot anthropological films designed for education and research

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