About Dean

Dean was born in England and has lived and worked in various territories, including the USA and Japan. His academic publications are largely in the field of cinema, the subject of his 1999 PhD thesis. He is currently working on various writing projects — fact, fiction, page and screen. For almost 30 years, alongside his writing work, Dean has taught a range of creative writing related subjects — both academic and practical.

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Research and Writing

Dean followed an undergraduate degree in Drama with his first publication, Star Wars: The Genesis of a Legend, in 1996, then a postgraduate degree in film at the University of Hull, UK. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on 'women in science fiction cinema' in 1999. Subsequent research interests have included: cinema exhibition, Japanese arts and culture, histories of science and space travel, and American political history. Further research and writing projects have taken in various historical figures, including: William Fox, Buddy Holly, Jane Austen, George Bernard Shaw, W.G. Grace, Edith Cavell and Sir Tom Courtenay. Until 2018, Dean was on the editorial team for the UK-based journal, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction.

Details of Dean's published writing can be found here, including his latest book, Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses: The Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction Cinema, and his next book, Confronting Conformity: Gender Fluidity in Japanese Arts & Culture, both published worldwide by US publisher McFarland.

Screen Projects

Dean is currently working with production companies, broadcasters, fellow producers and writers in the UK, the US, Canada and Japan to develop his screen projects. A number of his drama screenplays, documentary scripts and project proposals are under option or in development. His documentary on the celebrated poet Philip Larkin, designed to coincide with Kingston-upon-Hull's year as UK City of Culture, was comissioned by Sky Arts and produced by Icon Films. It features former British poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion and was first broadcast in November 2017.

For 14 years, Dean taught script-writing for cinema, television, theatre and radio at The University of Hull, England. His current work for the screen draws on this and many other experiences...

Teaching

For almost 30 years, Dean has worked with British and overseas students aged from 6 to 92 in primary to postgraduate eduation at schools, colleges and universites in the UK, the US and Japan. After leaving a full-time post as a Head of Drama at an independent girls' school in the UK, he continued to teach academic English, study-skills, creative-writing, English as a foreign language, theatre, film, drama and TV production and mathematics in various settings — including as a private tutor and for his own companies, Scene Cinema Ltd. and Melissi.

Creative Companies

In 2003, Dean co-founded the media-in-education company Scene Cinema Ltd (SCL) with screenwriter Jim Hawkins. They worked with many organisations to develop and deliver media projects for degree, BTec and diploma courses, as well as study programs for 'gifted and talented' students, 'special needs' students, young offenders and teachers.

Under its imprint Ludorum Games, SCL produced the award-winning boardgames Fagin's Gang and Ice Flow (designed by Dean), both of which won Best New Boardgame at the UK Games Expo (2007 and 2008 respectively).

In 2010, Scene Cinema acquired the rights to the Melissi Digital Classroom, the world's first fully-digital language-learning lab (designed by Jim). As Education Director, Dean worked with many language lecturers and students to develop effective audio-visual language teaching and learning resources. Melissi and its progeny are now used to help teachers deliver language classes in education, government and military institutions around the world. Dean is no longer a Scene Cinema / Melissi director, but he and Jim did continue to work together on projects (including this one).

Interests

Dean is a cyclist and a long-time subscriber to the British magazines New Scientist and Sight & Sound. He travels to interesting places as often as he can, and is especially fond of Japan, where he goes regularly to work, study, meet friends, eat sushi and improve his Japanese language skills.