Photo: Johnny Rogers
Ground breaking TV programmes such as ‘Wildlife on one’, ‘The Living Planet’, ‘Survival’ and of course, the brilliant ‘Animal magic’ with Johnny Morris, produced awe inspiring images that made a lasting impression on a young Dean and formed a bases for his passionate enthusiasm in his filming today. But actually ‘getting into filming’ wasn’t something that Dean envisaged, While planning a dream diving trip to the War wrecks of Micronesia in the Western Pacific Dean decided to take along a video camera and underwater housing to, in his jovial words, “Bore people with images rather than words” and this was to be the start of a life changing decision. “Once I got behind the camera something happened” says Dean “It wasn’t just a case of point and shoot, I found I was thinking about composition and making the shots look better, I was even thinking of how the shots would work as sequences, and sometimes I’d even had the music to suit the sequences playing in my head”... But this wasn’t the real spark that ignited his career move. “After the trip i made some short films to show friends and family my adventures and all the wonders i saw, these were roughly edited and accompanied by the music i thought that would enhance the picture”. “i took them to show a couple of friends, Tim Shepherd and Neil Bromhall who are prominent Natural history cameramen and got some very positive reactions”. So the seeds were planted and Dean went on to learn as much as he could and attended a weekend wildlife course where he met a man who had a major influence on him in the form of Wildlife filmmaker and eminent cameraman Nick Gordon. “Nick was one of those people who you meet once and never forget, he was an entity, a man who’s confidence, personality and pure passion for his art just explodes and consumes you, He was down to earth and you just felt that, even after a short time, you knew him forever”. Nicks inspirational talks and pure knowledge were ingrained into Dean and gave him the confidence to get out there and go for it. “I remember Nick stopping me when I was leaving after the course and saying “Dean you have a talent so make the most of it” he then said something i’ll never forget “Immerse yourself in your subject, live its life, don’t just drop in on the occasional visit, gain its trust and it will trust you within its world”. Dean says “For me filmmaking can be about truth, bringing to light the realities of my subjects and trying to dispel any negative myths that may surround them so that the viewer can see the beauty that i see”...

Picture credits: Johnny Rogers / Alex Mustard / Dean Burman