Despite this, his commercial work has garnered gold at numerous gong shows and he’s survived working with children, celebrities and animals (otherwise known as the Trifecta from Hell).
Called the "film that broke the internet's heart", the release of his short film "New Life" for the Children's Medical Research Institute, saw 1 million unpaid views in less than 72 hours. It's now been seen by over 20 million.
And as a writer, his screenplays have been twice nominated for the Australian Writers Guild Monte Miller Awards.
But, ask his producer (the ever affable John Lamble) and there's a few things Dean’s crap at.
Like going over budget. Or over time. He's totally hopeless at getting stressed too. Can't throw a phone. Or won't. Guess we'll never know. And for a creative type, he's incredibly lacking in ego, consistently looking to trade up ideas for better ones, no matter where they come from.
He’s also an Aries. Father. Skier. Poor cook. Better friend. And a horrible son who doesn't call his Mum anywhere near enough (sorry Mum).
But what really drives him is his interest in people. So, if you're a person, he'd love to hear from you.
Say hello by calling Dean on +61 414 420 402 or his producer, John, on +61 408 970 087, or by emailing them here.