Covering the Olympics and the Indian Premier League are
among highlights of Marty Dean's career. Photo by Samantha
It is not too often you will see Marty Dean in front of a
The Sky TV contractor, who has been a cameraman since 2002,
is one of the many responsible for bringing you live action
and replays from the sports field - at a local, national and
But the job is not as easy as it looks or sounds, Mr Dean, of
''It's pretty unpredictable when you're filming live sport.
You have voices in your headphones that you have to listen
to, especially if the director wants you to do a certain shot
or if you have to find shots for the director for them to
pick up. I enjoy the challenge of it. It's not easy.
''There's a lot of pressure on you. There's a saying that you
are only as good as your last job. To a certain extent that's
true,'' he said.
Filming the Indian Premier League this year was one of the
highlights of Mr Dean's career. Mr Dean has also covered the
2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, water polo at the 2012
London Olympics and the 2011 Rugby World Cup, as well as
Super Rugby, the ITM Cup and netball games.
''I was over there [in India] for a month, which was a lot
shorter than what they usually go for.
''It was very, very hot. I was working in a heat wave. It was
46 degrees and we had to keep putting cold towels over our
head and drink plenty of water. It was still so hot at night.
You just couldn't escape the heat,'' he said.
Mr Dean filmed cricket matches in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ranchi
''The atmosphere was crazy. There were 80,000 people in the
stadium. They were all cricket fanatics. The T20 cricket was
just crazy. It was great. Kolkata was a huge, vibrant and
crazy place. There was a clear contrast between poverty and
Some of the bigger events could have up to 30 manned cameras
on the field, Mr Dean said.
''The bigger the event, the more cameras they throw at it.
For the netball and ITM Cup games there might be six manned
cameras. For an All Blacks game there would be about 15
cameras. For cricket, there is 15 for an international game
and eight for a domestic. There were 25 cameras at the Rugby
World Cup final, 30 at the London Olympics and I was number
28 for the Indian Premier League,'' he said.
Getting to meet people who have amazing stories is another
part of the job Mr Dean enjoys.
''I also do short stories as a build-up to rugby games. You
get to meet people who tell pretty cool stories. I would like
to do more of the bigger overseas stuff and work for overseas
companies. I would also love to go to the Winter Olympics -
that is a big goal,'' he said.
However, Mr Dean said camera work had ''died off'' throughout
the country recently.
''There isn't as much work around as what there used to be.
You just have to take anything that comes your way,'' he
Being able to incorporate a passion for sport into film was
an added bonus.
''I have always been interested in sport. Being a cameraman
is just something I had always wanted to do ... I pursued it
and really enjoyed it. I don't enjoy being away from home and
my family but I do enjoy the travelling.''