Filming live sport means lots of travel

Covering the Olympics and the Indian Premier League are among highlights of Marty Dean's career....
Covering the Olympics and the Indian Premier League are among highlights of Marty Dean's career. Photo by Samantha McPherson.
It is not too often you will see Marty Dean in front of a camera.

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 international level.

But the job is not as easy as it looks or sounds, Mr Dean, of Outram, says.

''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 and Kolkata.

''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 wealth.''

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 said.

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.''


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