Semler, Dean 1943–
Semler, Dean 1943–
Born 1943, in Renmark, South Australia; married Annie (an actress); children: Ingrid (also known as Tilly).
Agent—Crayton Smith Agency, 11271 Ventura Blvd., Suite 423, Studio City, CA 91604.
Cinematographer, director of photography, director, and camera operator. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), worked as studio camera operator and floor manager for ABC-TV; Australian Commonwealth Film Unit/Film Australia, documentary filmmaker of several government-sponsored films, 1971-81; photographer for other documentary films, anthropological films, and television news broadcasts. Australian Film and Television School, presenter of lighting workshops.
Australian Cinematographers Society, American Society of Cinematographers, Directors Guild of America.
Bronze Medallion, Kodak Awards for Cinematography, Australian Film Institute, 1975, for A Steam Train Passes; Australian Film Institute Award nominations, best cinematography, 1982, for Mad Max 2, and 1983, for Undercover; named cinematographer of the year, Australian Cinematographers Society, and Australian Film Institute Award, best cinematography, both 1984, for Razorback; Australian Film Institute Award nominations, best cinematography, 1985, for The Coca-Cola Kid, and 1988, for The Lighthorsemen; Australian Film Institute Award and Australian Film Critics Circle Award, both best cinematography, 1989, for Dead Calm; Academy Award, American Society of Cinematographers Award, British Society of Cinematographers Award nomination, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award, all 1991, and Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1992, all best cinematography, for Dances with Wolves; inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame, 1997; Australia Day Honour, 2002; Hawaii International Film Festival Award, excellence in cinematography, 2003; Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, both 2006, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, all 2007, all best cinematography, for Apocalypto; Order of Australia Medal (OAM), Medal in the General Division.
The Choice (short film), 1971.
Hector and Milly Save Uncle Tom, 1971.
(With others) Where Dead Men Lie (short film), 1971.
I Need More Staff (short film), 1973.
Dancing (short film), Australian Film and Television School, 1980.
The Earthling, Filmways Pictures, 1980.
Hoodwink, New South Wales Films, 1981.
Mad Max 2 (also known as Mad Max II, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Road Warrior, Asfalttisoturi, Interceptor, il guerriero della strada, Le defi, Mad Max 2: A cacada continua, Mad Max II—Der Vollstrecker, Mad Max 2, el guerriero della strada, Mad Max 2: Le defi, Mad Max 2: Maanteesodalane, and Mad Max 2: O guerriero da strada), Warner Bros., 1982.
Kitty and the Bagman, Quartet, 1983.
Undercover, Roadshow Entertainment, 1983.
Razorback (also known as Doedens kaftar, Harjaniska, Hirmukarju, O corte da navalha, Razorback—Kampfkoloss der Hoelle, Razorback—O javali assassino, and Razorback: oltre l'urlo del demonio), Warner Bros., 1984.
The Coca-Cola Kid (also known as Coca-Cola Kid, Coca-Cola kid, Coca Cola Kid, and Coca cola kid), Cinecom Pictures/Film Gallery, 1985.
Mad Max beyond Thunderdome (also known as Mad Max 3, Mad Max III, Mad Max alem da cupula do trovao, Mad Max: au-dela du dome du tonnerre, Mad Max bortom Thunderdome, Mad Max i la cupula del tro, Mad Max i tordenkuplen, Mad Max—Jenseits der Donnerkuppel, Mad Max, mas alla de la cupula del trueno, Mad Max oltre la sfera del tuono, Mad Max—ukkosmyrsky, and Mad Max 3.—Az Igazsag csarnokan innen es tul), Warner Bros., 1985.
Bullseye, Cinema Group Entertainment, 1986.
Going Sane, Sea Change-New South Wales Films, 1986.
The Lighthorsemen, Cinecom International, 1988.
Farewell to the King (also known as Addio al re, Adios al rey, Der Dschungelkonig von Borneo, Farewell to the King—Sie nannten ihn Leroy, Huvudjaegarnas konung, Jaeaehyvaeiset kuninkaalle, and L'adieu au roi), Orion, 1989.
Impulse (also known as Doppia identita, Double jeu, Impulse—Von gefaehrlichen Gefuehlen, Impulso, Impulso para matar, Odruch, Pelottava houkutus, and Tentacao perigosa), Warner Bros., 1990.
Young Guns II (also known as Hell Bent for Leather and Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.
City Slickers (also known as Live, Love and Cows, A vida, o amor e as vacas, Amigos, sempre amigos, City Slickers—Die Grosstadt-Helden, City slickers—jakten paa det foersvunna leeendet, Cowboys de ciudad, Jakten paa det foersvunna leendet, Kaupunkicowboyt, La vie, l'amour, les vaches, La vie, l'amour … les vaches, Scappo dalla citta-la vita, l'amore e le vacche, Stadszwervers, and Ti ekanes baba stin agria dysi), Columbia, 1991.
The Power of One (also known as Au bout de soi, Egyedul a ringben, Ensam aer stark, Im Glanz der Sonne, La forza del singolo, La fuerza de uno, La puissance de l'ange, O poder de um jovem, and Yksin kaikkia vastaan), Warner Bros., 1992.
Last Action Hero (also known as Extremely Violent, Az Utolso akciohoes, Den siste actionhjaelten, Der Letzte Action Held, El ultimo gran heroe, El ultimo heroe en accion, L'ultim gran heroi, Last Action Hero—l'ultimo grande eroe, Le dernier des heros, O ultimo grande heroi, and Zadnja velika pustolovscina), Columbia, 1993.
Super Mario Bros. (also known as Super Mario, Super Mario Brothers, and Super Mario Brothers: The Movie), Buena Vista, 1993.
The Three Musketeers (also known as The Musketeers, A Harom testoer, De tre musketerer, De tre musketoererna, Die Drei Musketiere, I tre moschettieri, Kolme muskettisoturia, Les trois mousquetaires, Los tres mosqueteros, Os tres mosqueteiros, and Trije musketirji), Buena Vista, 1993.
The Cowboy Way (also known as Cowboy Way, Deux cow-boys a New York, Dyo cowboy sti N. Yorki, Machen wir's wie Cowboys, Sexy Cowboys schiessen schaerfer, Sonny & Pepper. Due irresistibili cowboy, and Vaqueros de Nueva York), Universal, 1994.
Waterworld (also known as O'lum Ha-Mayim, Potopljeni svet, Su duenyasi, Un monde sans terre, Vatnaveroeld, Vizivilag, and Waterworld—O segredo das aguas), Universal, 1995.
Gone Fishin' (also known as Gone Fishing, A grande pescaria, Anem a pescar, Chi pesca trova, Der $100.000 Fisch, Der 100.000 $ Fisch—Zwei Freunde gehen baden, Dos chiflados en remojo, Kahjo kalareissu, and Peche party), Buena Vista, 1997.
Trojan War (also known as Rescue Me), Warner Bros., 1997.
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (also known as Klumps, The Klumps, The Nutty Professor II, Nutty II: The Klumps, Boelcsek koevere 2—A Klump csalad, Den galna professorn 2—Klumps, El professor chiflado II, El professor chiflado II: La familia Klump, Familie Klumps und der verrueckte Professor, La famiglia del professore matto, La famille foldingue, Nigaud de professeur II: Les Klumps, Nutty Professor II:Familien Kump, O professor aloprado 2—A familia Klump, O professor chanfrado 2, and Paehkaehullu professori 2: Klumpit), Universal, 2000.
Heartbreakers (also known as Breakers, The Breakers, heartBREAKeRS, Beautes empoisonnees, Doce trapaca, Heartbreakers—Achtung: Scharfe Kurven, HeartBreakers—vizio di famiglia, Las estafadoras, Las seducoras, Les enjoleuses, Matadoras, Sydaentenmurskaajat, and Wielki podryw), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001.
We Were Soldiers (also known as The Lost Patrol, We Were Soldiers Once … and Young, Am fost cindva soldati … si tineri, Bili smo vojnici, Bylismy zolnierzami, Cuando eramos soldados, Fomos herois, Fuimos heroes, Fuimos soldados, Katonak voltunk, Nous etions soldats, Olimme sotilaita, and Wir waren Helden), Paramount, 2001.
D-Tox (also known as Detox, Eye See You, The Outpost, Compte a rebours mortel, D-Tox—Compte a rebours mortel, D-Tox—Im Auge der Angst, D-Tox: Ojo asesino, Detoks, Detoksikatsia, and Im Auge der Angst), Universal, 2002.
Dragonfly (also known as Apparitions, Calling, Dragonfly: La sombra de la libelula, El misterio de la libelula, Il segno della libellula—Dragonfly, Im Zeichen der Libelle, Libellule, Minyma siopis, Misterul libelulei, O misterio da libelula, O poder dos sentidos, Sudenkorento, and Szitakoetoe), Universal, 2002.
xXx (also known as Agent XXX, Triple X, XXX, xXx—Triple X, and Triplo X), Columbia, 2002.
Bruce Almighty (also known as A Minden6o, Aman tanrim!, Bruce Allmaechtig, Bruce den allsmaektige, Bruce den almaegtige, Bruce Ha-Gadol M'Kulam, Bruce le tout-puissant, Bruce—taivaanlahja, Bruce tout-puissant, Como Dios, Koikvoimas Bruce, Thoes gia mia evdomada, Todo poderoso, Todopoderoso, Todopodroso, and Una settimana da Dio), Universal, 2003.
The Alamo (also known as Alamo, Bowie, Alamo—Der Traum, das Schicksal, die Legende, Alamo—Gli ultimi eroi, El Alamo, El Alamo. La leyenda, and O Alamo), Buena Vista, 2004.
The Longest Yard (also known as Benknaeckargaenget, El clan de los rompehuesos, Golpe baixo, Golpe bajo—El juego final, L'altra sporca ultima meta, Le dernier essai, Luunmurskaajat, Mi-temps au mitard, and Spiel ohne Regeln), Paramount, 2005.
Stealth (also known as Ameaca invisivel—Stealth, Furtif, La amenaza invisible—Stealth, Mahitiko stealth—I aorati apeili, Niewidzialny, Stealth—Arma suprema, Stealth—Det osynliga hotet, and Stealth—Unter dem Radar), Columbia, 2005.
Apocalypto (also known as Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" and Apokalipto), Buena Vista, 2006.
Click (also known as Cambia la tua vita con un click, Clic, Click, i zoi se fast forward, Click—perdiendo el control, Click—telecommandez votre vie, Klick, and Klik!), Sony Pictures Releasing, 2006.
Just My Luck (also known as Lady Luck, Lucky, Lucky Girl, Baciati dalla sfortuna, C'est bien ma chance!, Devuelveme mi suerte, Erotas stin tyhi, Golpe de suerte, Sorte no amor, and Zum Glueck gekuesst), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (also known as Chuck und Larry—Wie Feuer und Flamme, Damadi oepebilirsin, Declaro-vos marido e … marido, Ferj es ferj, Gasilca pred oltarjem, Haermed foerklarar jag er Chuck og Larry, Io vi dichiaro marito e marito, Je vous declare Chuck et Larry, Jeg erklaerer jer nu for Chuck og Larry, Kdyz si Chuck bral Larryho, Kui Chuck abiellub Larryga, O kyrios tou kyriou, Os declaro marido y marido, Quand Chuck recontre Larry, Voitte suudella sulhasta, and Yo los declaro marido y … Larry), Universal, 2007.
Film Cinematographer; Documentaries:
Dundiwuy's House Opening, c. 1970.
Pain for This Land (also known as Pain for This Land: Footage from the Early Years), c. 1970.
At the Canoe Camp, 1971.
One Man's Response (also known as One Man's Response—A Film about Narritjin Maymuru at Yirrkala in 1971), 1971.
Purification Ceremony (also known as Purification Ceremony for a Woman Injured at Yirrkala and Purification Ceremony: Caledon Bay), 1971.
This Is My Thinking, 1971.
"Water for a City," Australian Geography, 1971.
In Memory of Malawan, 1971, also 1983.
Dhapi Ceremony at Yirrkala-1972, 1972.
The Gathering Flame, 1972.
Golf the Australian Way, 1972.
President Suharto in Australia, 1972.
The Fifth Facade, 1973.
"Kilkenny Primary School, South Australia," Through My Eyes, 1973.
The Koala: Phascolarctos cinereus, 1973.
"The Vintage," Australian Colour Diary, 1973.
And Their Ghosts May be Heard, 1974.
The Care behind the Smile, 1974.
From a Long Time Ago: Hollow Log Painting, 1974.
Marrakulu Funeral (also known as Marrakulu Funeral: Yirrkala 1974), 1974.
"Monarch of the Rails: N.S.W. Railways," Cinesound Review, 1974.
Moving On, 1974.
A Race of Horses, 1974.
Singing in the Rain (also known as Singing in the Rain Yirrkala in 1974), 1974.
State Visit to Australia by Their Imperial Majesties the Shahanshah Aryamehr and the Shahbanou of Iran (also known as The Shah of Iran's Visit to Australia), 1974.
A Steam Train Passes, 1974.
"Landscape: A Pattern of Change," Australian Geography, 1975.
Hard Time Now … For the Children, c. 1976.
"The Bamboo Bends and Does Not Break," Asian Insight, 1976.
"Hong Kong, Singapore—Fragrant Harbour, Lion City," Asian Insight, 1976.
"Indonesia—Unity in Diversity," Asian Insight, 1976.
"Malaysia—Sparrow with Sparrow, Raven with Raven," Asian Insight, 1976.
"Philippines—The Furthest Cross," Asian Insight, 1976.
"Thailand: Do Good Receive Good, Do Evil Receive Evil," Asian Insight, 1976.
Dungguwan at Gurka'wuy (series), 1976.
Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka'wuy, 1976.
Reading for Meaning: The Goodman Model, 1976.
Why Can't They Be Like We Were? (series), 1976.
All in the Same Boat, 1977.
Helpem Mifala: Aid for Solomon Islands, 1977.
"Outback Supply," Frontiers Down Under, 1977.
"Kerry," Growing Up, 1977.
"Wendy," Growing Up, 1977.
Co-ops at Work in Solomon Islands, 1978.
Five Bells (also known as Five Bells: Sights and Sounds of Sydney Harbour), 1978.
Iu Mi Nao-Solomon Islands Regains Independence, 1978.
Narritjin in Canberra, 1978.
People of the Sea—Changing Traditions in the Solomon Islands, 1978.
Chase That Dream: The Pursuit of Home Ownership in Australia, 1979.
Please Don't Leave Me, 1979.
"Totora and Siwa," Solomon Islands, 1979.
"War without Weapons," Aspects of Australia, 1979.
"Farming," Soviet Style (also known as Farming: Soviet Style), 1979.
"People of Influence," Soviet Style (also known as People of Influence: Soviet Style), 1979.
"The People's Music," Soviet Style (also known as The People's Music: Soviet Style), 1979.
"Politics," Soviet Style (also known as Politics: Soviet Style), 1979.
"School's In," Soviet Style (also known as School's In: Soviet Style), 1979.
"Working," Soviet Style (also known as Working: Soviet Style), 1979.
Baruya Muka Archival (series), 1979, released in 1991.
"Araha Ana Romo," Solomon Islands, 1980.
"Moro: Melanesian Bigman," Solomon Islands, 1980.
"Nambo," Solomon Islands, 1980.
My Country, Djarrakpi, 1980.
Narritjin Maymuru, 1980.
Stepping Out: The Debolts Grow Up, 1980.
Stepping Out: The Birth of a Theatre of the Mentally Handicapped, 1980.
Conversations with Dundiwuy Wanambi, 1982.
"Ha'a alahanga ni ulawa," Solomon Islands, 1982.
"People of Niupani," Solomon Islands, 1982.
"Taem Bifo Long Lauru: Choiseul Customs," Solomon Islands, 1982.
"Volo momoru: The Turtle Net," Solomon Islands, 1982.
"Wogasia," Solomon Islands, 1982.
The Human Face of Russia, 1984.
Film Director of Photography:
Let the Balloon Go (also known as Anna pallon lentaeae), released as a feature film by Inter Planetary Productions Corporation, 1977, originally broadcast on Australian television, 1976.
Second unit director of photography, The Earthling, Filmways Pictures, 1980.
Cocktail (also known as Koktejl and Koktel), Buena Vista, 1988.
(As Dean Sempler) Dead Calm (also known as Dead Calm: A Voyage into Fear, Calma de morte, Calma total, Calme blanc, Krouaziera stin akri tou tromou, Lungnt vatten, Martw cisza, Ore 10: Calma piatta, Rasvatyyni, Rasvatyyni—matka pelkoon, Terror a bordo, and Todesstille), Warner Bros., 1988.
Young Guns (also known as A Vadnyugat fiai, Arma joven, Mlode strzelby, Nuoret sankarit, Os jovens pistoleiros, Unga hjaeltar, Young guns—giovani pistole, and Young Guns—Sie fuerchten weder Tod noch Teufuel), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988.
K-9 (also known as Canino (K-NINO), Chien de flic, En snut paa hugget, K-9—Um policial bom pra cachorro, K-nino, Kyttaekaksikko, Mein Partner mit der kalten Schnauze, Nume de cod: K-9, Poliziotto a 4 zampe, Poliziotto a quattro zampe, and Superagent K-9), Universal, 1990.
Dances with Wolves (also known as Bailando con lobos, Balla coi lupi, Ballant amb llops, Danca com lobos, Dancas com lobos, Dansar med vargar, Danse avec les loups, Danser med ulve, Danser med ulver, Danza con lobos, Der mit dem Wolf tanzt, Farkasokkal tancolo, Horevontas me tous lykous, Il danse avec les loups, Kurtlarla dans, Plese z volkovi, Roked Im Ze'evim, Tanczacy z wilkami, and Tanssii susien kanssa), Orion, 1991.
The Bone Collector (also known as Bone Collector, A Csontember, Colectionarul de oase, Der Knochenjaeger, Die Assistentin, El coleccionista de huesos, El col.leccionista d'ossos, I samlarens spaar, Il collezionista di ossa, Le desosseur, Luunkeraeaejae, O coleccionador de ossos, O colecionador de ossos, Sberatel kosti, and Syllektis oston), Universal, 1999.
Second unit director of photography, The Adventures of Pluto Nash (also known as Pluto Nash, Las aventuras de Pluto Nash, Les aventures de Pluto Nash, and Pluto Nash—Im Kampf gegen die Mondmafia), Warner Bros., 2002.
Get Smart, Warner Bros., 2008.
Five Bells (documentary; also known as Five Bells: Sights and Sounds of Sydney Harbour), 1978.
Saturday (documentary), 1979.
(Uncredited) And second unit director, Super Mario Bros. (also known as Super Mario, Super Mario Brothers, and Super Mario Brothers: The Movie), Buena Vista, 1993.
Firestorm (also known as Firestorm—Brennendes Inferno, Liekkien vangit, Onda de fogo, Orage de feu, Tempesta di fuoco, Tormenta de fogo, Tormenta de fuego, and Tuezvihar), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.
The Patriot (also known as El ultimo patriota, Le patriote, Patriootti, The Patriot: Estado de guerra, Patriota, Patrioten, and Piege a haut risque), Buena Vista, 1998.
Worked on the unfinished film The Kangaroo Kid.
Film Camera Operator:
The Lighthorsemen, Cinecom International, 1988.
Himself, Cinematographer Style (documentary), T-Stop Production, 2006.
Television Director of Photography; Miniseries:
The Dismissal, Network Ten (Australia), 1983.
Bodyline (also known as It's Not Just Cricket), Network Ten, 1984.
Return to Eden (also known as Paluu Eden, Ritorno a Eden, and Tillbaka till Eden), syndicated, 1984.
Melba, Seven Network (Australia), 1987.
Television Director; Miniseries:
Art of Film: About Television (documentary), 1968.
Second unit director, Lonesome Dove (also known as Den laanga faerden, Der Ruf des Adlers, O ceu como horizonte, Os pistoleiros do oeste, Paloma solitaria, Vaarojen maa, and Weg in die Wildnis), CBS, 1989.
Second unit director, Son of the Morning Star (also known as Aamutaehden poika and General Custers letzte Schlacht), ABC, 1991.
Television Cinematographer; Miniseries:
Lonesome Dove (also known as Den laanga faerden, Der Ruf des Adlers, O ceu como horizonte, Os pistoleiros do oeste, Paloma solitaria, Vaarojen maa, and Weg in die Wildnis), CBS, 1989.
Television Director of Photography; Movies:
Do I Have to Kill My Child?, [Australia], 1976.
Let the Balloon Go (also known as Anna pallon lentaeae), [Australia], 1976, released as a feature film by Inter Planetary Productions Corporation, 1977.
Second unit director of photography, Cass, Nine Network (Australia), 1978.
A Good Thing Going, Nine Network, 1978.
Passion Flower (also known as Come l'orchidea, Kuuma kausi, Moerderische Gefuehle, and Passion Flower—Leidenschaft und Ehrgeiz), CBS, 1986.
The Clean Machine (also known as Poliisiryhmae), Network Ten (Australia), 1988.
Television Director of Photography; Specials:
After the Flood (documentary), 1984.
Television Floor Manager; Specials:
The Valley of Water, 1962.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1991.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Himself, "Firestorm," HBO First Look, HBO, 1998.
Himself, We Were Soldiers: Getting It Right (short), Paramount, 2002.
Himself, Dances with Wolves: The Creation of an Epic, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003.
Himself, xXx: A Filmmaker's Diary (short), Columbia, 2003.
Himself, Return of the Legend: The Making of "The Alamo" (short), Touchstone Home Video, 2004.
Himself, Harnessing Speed, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.
Music Video Photography Director:
Rammstein, "Feuer frei!," c. 2002.
Saturday (documentary), 1979.
Art of Film: About Television (documentary), 1968.
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