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Dean Semler, ACS. ASC
Dean William Semler
1943 (age 76–77)
Renmark, South Australia, Australia
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
|Known for||Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior|
Dances with Wolves
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Cinematography |
Dances with Wolves 1991 AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
A Steam Train Passes 1975
Dead Calm 1989
Dean Semler, A.C.S., A.S.C., (born 1943) is an Australian cinematographer and film director. Over his career, he has worked as a cinematographer, camera operator, director, second unit director, and assistant director. He is a three-time recipient of the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography and an Academy Award winner. He is a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In 2002 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Life and career
Semler was born in Renmark, South Australia. His first work in the production industry was as a camera operator at a local television station. Later, he began making documentary and educational films for Film Australia. He was the cinematographer for A Steam Train Passes (1974), Moving On (1974), Let the Balloon Go (1976), and A Good Thing Going (1978).
His first film was Stepping Out, in 1980. Allmovie praised his "stunning work" on the film Hoodwink (1981) with a screen play by Ken Quinnell. Semler was also the cinematographer for Mad Max 2 (1981). Semler's vast panoramic shots of the Australian Outback's deserts "...convincingly conveyed a parched, dusty, post-apocalyptic world" and led to international attention for his work. Semler also acted as cinematographer for the follow-up film to The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Semler was also a cinematographer for the acclaimed Australian miniseries Bodyline (1984). In the late 1980s, Semler was the cinematographer for several popular films, such as Cocktail (1988) and Young Guns (1988).
In 1990, Semler was hired as cinematographer for Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Semler lensed the comedy City Slickers (1991) and the action film Last Action Hero (1993) in the early 1990s. In 1995, Semler again worked with Costner on his film Waterworld. In 1992 Semler was the cinematographer of The Power of One
In the 2000s, Semler was the cinematographer for a range of movies that included comedies (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps from 2000, and Bruce Almighty from 2003), action films (XXX from 2002 and The Alamo from 2004). In the mid-2000s, Semler was the cinematographer for the football comedy The Longest Yard (2005) and Just My Luck (2006). In 2006, Semler worked with Mel Gibson again for the film Apocalypto. Semler's camera work conveyed the beauty of the lush Mesoamerican jungle setting in Apocalypto.
|1976||Do I Have to Kill My Child?||Donald Crombie||TV movie|
|1978||A Good Thing Going||Arch Nicholson||TV movie|
|1980||The Russians||TV series documentary|
|1983||Return to Eden||Karen Arthur||Miniseries|
|1986||Passion Flower||Joseph Sargent||TV movie|
|1988||Great Performances||Rodney Fisher||Episode "Melba"|
|The Clean Machine||Ken Cameron||TV movie|
|1962||The Valley of Water||TV movie|
|1973||The Fifth Facade:
The Making of the Sydney Opera House
|1974||Parent Teacher Interviews|
Second unit director
|1984||After the Flood||Short film;|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||TV miniseries;|
Director of photography: Second unit
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Director of photography: Second unit|
- "DEAN SEMLER". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Dean Semler, ASC, ACS". Murtha Skouras Agency. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "The ASC -- American Cinematographer: ASC Close-Up:". theasc.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Dean William Semler". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
- Allmovie biography by Hal Erickson
- The Australian Film and Television Companion – Compiled by Tony Harrison, Simon & Schuster, Australia (1994)