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Dean Semler

Dean Semler was born in 1943 in Renmark, South Australia, Australia as Dean William Semler. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). He is married to Annie Semler. See full bio »

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Known For

Apocalypto Cinematographer
Dances with Wolves Cinematographer
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Cinematographer
Dead Calm Cinematographer


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 2017 Sandy Wexler (director of photography)
 2016 The Do-Over (director of photography)
 2015 The Ridiculous 6 (director of photography)
 2015 The Last Witch Hunter (director of photography)
 2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (director of photography)
 2014 Maleficent (director of photography)
 2014 Heaven Is for Real (director of photography)
 2013 Grudge Match (director of photography)
 2012 Parental Guidance (director of photography)
 2011 In the Land of Blood and Honey (director of photography)
 2010 Secretariat (director of photography)
 2010 Date Night (director of photography)
 2009/I 2012 (director of photography)
 2008 Appaloosa (director of photography)
 2008 Get Smart (director of photography)
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (director of photography)
 2006 Apocalypto (director of photography)
 2006 Click (director of photography)
 2006 Just My Luck (director of photography)
 2005 Stealth (director of photography)
 2005 The Longest Yard (director of photography)
 2004 The Alamo (director of photography)
 2003 Bruce Almighty (director of photography)
 2002 xXx (director of photography)
 2002 Dragonfly (director of photography)
 2002 Eye See You (director of photography)
 2001 Heartbreakers (director of photography)
 2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (director of photography)
 1999 The Bone Collector (director of photography)
 1997 Trojan War (director of photography)
 1997 Gone Fishin' (director of photography)
 1995 Waterworld (director of photography)
 1994 The Cowboy Way (director of photography)
 1993 The Three Musketeers (director of photography)
 1993 Last Action Hero (director of photography)
 1993 Super Mario Bros. (director of photography)
 1992 The Power of One (director of photography)
 1991 City Slickers (director of photography)
 1990 Dances with Wolves (director of photography)
 1990 Young Guns II (director of photography)
 1990 Impulse (director of photography)
 1989 K-9 (director of photography)
 1989 Dead Calm (director of photography)
 1989 Farewell to the King (director of photography)
 1988 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Melba (1988)
 1988 Young Guns (director of photography)
 1988 Cocktail (director of photography)
 1988 The Clean Machine (TV Movie)
 1988 Melba (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.1 (1988)
- Episode #1.2 (1988)
 1987 The Lighthorsemen (director of photography)
 1987 Bullseye
 1986 Going Sane
 1986 Passion Flower (TV Movie)
 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (director of photography)
 1985 The Coca-Cola Kid (director of photography)
 1984 Bodyline (TV Mini Series) (7 episodes)
- Episode #1.1 (1984)
- Episode #1.7 (1984)
- Episode #1.6 (1984)
- Episode #1.5 (1984)
- Episode #1.4 (1984)
 1984 In Memory of Malawan (Documentary)
 1984 Razorback (director of photography)
 1983 Undercover
 1983 Return to Eden (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- Part 1 (1983)
- Part 3 (1983)
- Part 2 (1983)
 1983 The Dismissal (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1983)
- Episode #1.2 (1983)
- Episode #1.1 (1983)
 1982 Kitty and the Bagman (director of photography)
 1981 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (director of photography)
 1981 Hoodwink (director of photography)
 1980 Stepping Out (Documentary)
 1980 War Without Weapons (Short)
 1980 The Russians (TV Series documentary)
 1979 Saturday (Short)
 1978 A Good Thing Going (TV Movie)
 1977 Outback Supply (Short)
 1976 Do I Have to Kill My Child? (TV Movie)
 1974 A Steam Train Passes (Short documentary) (director of photography)
 1974 Moving On
 1973 I Need More Staff (Short)
 1973 One Good Reason (Short)
 1973 Through My Eyes: Kilkenny (Documentary short)
 1973 Through My Eyes: Stradbroke (Documentary short)
 1971 The Choice (Documentary short)
 1971 Where Dead Men Lie (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Cinematographer for music video by Rammstein, "Feuer frei!".

Alternate Names:

Dean Semlar


Annie Semler

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Gave Hugh Jackman his first headshots. Dean took them himself after his wife had quickly come home after finding Hugh working, earning 10 dollars an hour then, and said, "Dean! This is Hugh and you're gonna do his headshots." Hugh knew who Dean was since he had just won an Oscar for Dances with Wolves; Dean wasn't too eager to take pictures of some guy who worked at the local gym but his wife ... See more »

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