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Music video director and photographer Dean Karr

DEAN KARR: Check your egos at the door

Dean Karr

Film Director/Photographer

Top 3 films of all time:
Jaws, Holy Mountain, Gummo

How did you first get into filmmaking?
It was the natural progression from my prior 10 years as a photographer, although never had a film class.

Dean Karr on set directing the music video for Marilyn Manson "Sweet Dreams"

What is your favorite on-set story?
Ha, hard to pick just one, but probably when I Directed Iron Maiden's "Rock In Rio" movie in South America. It was an 18 camera live shoot where we flew in on two helicopters over the heads of 250,000 manic Iron Maiden fans. The steam coming off the crowd was second to none. We were broken into two group for each helicopter. Half of Iron Maiden per helicopter and joined by Paul Rodgers from Bad Company and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin! It might be my best memory of working with my idols ever. We had also filmed Maiden in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago and finally in Rio, which was all cut into a rock and roll movie which still stands the test of time!

"It was an 18 camera live shoot where we flew two in on two helicopters over the heads of 250,000 manic Iron Maiden Fans."

What piece of equipment can you not live without on set?
My beef jerky and hazelnut coffee creamer!

The heart of the Film Pin Society is community and camaraderie. Can you talk a little about that?
Well the first thing I was amazed about going from a Photographer to a Director in 1994 was that I had all these people there to help me out! I didn't know a thing about the different departments and how it was so collaborative. I really didn't know since always just working with one photo assistant and now having a crew of 15-20 people all working together. It was a big help in making me comfortable as a young Director. You are only as GOOD as your CREW! I love my crew.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone looking into going into your field?
Check your egos at the door! Get in there and get dirty!

John Lennon director Dean Karr

Director Dean Karr Slash Guns and Roses

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Music video director Dean Karr
What pin from our collection speaks to you and why?
The 35mm Lens! I miss shooting super 35mm film format, but still love choosing my fave lenses for specific shots! Also, being a photographer gives me a more than helpful background in picking that perfect lens!

What should we turn into a pin next?
A beautiful actress

How can we learn more about you?

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