2020: RHYS DARBY: BIG IN JAPAN
4 x 1hr COMEDY/ADVENTURE/TRAVEL SERIES
Credit: Director / Series Development
Clip: Network Promo
Comedian and actor Rhys Darby ('Jumunju', 'Voltron', 'X Files', 'Flight of the Conchords') travels the length of Japan in this hilarious and culturally insightful documentary series. Adventurous, funny, and non-cliche' - this program has prime time network distribution in the UK, Australia and New Zealand - where it has received critical and audience acclaim, and been a welcome escape for those who can't travel due to Covid. Which is pretty much everyone :)
MARCH/APRIL 2020: THE ALONE RANGERS
6 x 12min COMEDY COVID LOCKDOWN SERIES
Clip: Episode 1
What do you do during a strict Level 4 Covid lockdown? Well, if you have a movie star, a comedian and a Broadway actor in your 'bubble', you might make something like this. Isolated in rural New Zealand, Dean and three other entertainment industry refugees from the USA decided to make themselves useful and buoy the spirits of everyone on lockdown with The Alone Rangers. Gaining worldwide media attention and hundreds of thousands of views, this show was created with two small cameras, a microphone and whatever else we could find around the farm.
APRIL 2020: WELCOME BACK TO BRITOMART
Clip: 45 second cut
Post Level 4 lockdown, businesses were keen to welcome people back, as well as show off the safety measures they have in place. The Britomart Group in Downtown Auckland is an architecturally significant shopping, dining and entertainment precinct. Dean worked with the marketing team to capture the beauty of the space and create a series of videos announcing the site was again open for business. Then another lockdown happened, but that's another story...
MAY 2020: KAYE McGARVA - SHADOW PLAY
ARTIST PROFILE FOR INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
Clip: 3 minute cut
With the industry mostly shut down, Dean turned his hand to helping internationally recognized artist Kaye McGarva explain and interpret her work for the art dealers of Europe. Kaye's work is reminiscent of the beautiful New Zealand landscape, and this assignment allowed Dean to film some beautiful parts of his home land, as well as witness how McGarva's unusual and striking pieces come to life.
JULY 2018: 'STAND UP AOTEAROA'
TVNZ/NZ ON AIR
Credit: Field Director
Clip: Network Promo
After Covid 19 had been eliminated from New Zealand, a troupe of comedians got together to provide some much-needed comic relief to the country's essential workers. Dean directed field inserts for this comedy special, providing heartwarming and personalized tales of the people that kept Aotearoa running during its strict lockdown period and helped rid NZ of Covid 19.