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Dean Mills

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Dean Mills joined New Zealand's second television channel in 1978, straight from school. After six months dragging cables around, he moved into camera work. Over eight years he was behind the camera on everything from wrestling (On the Mat) and concert specials (Live on Mainstreet), to an unforgettable interview with Muhammad Ali. Mills has never left technology totally behind: since moving to Sydney, he has worked in management positions for technology companies Jenoptik and r2p Group.

In the 70s and 80s technology was basic, clunky and heavy as hell. But it was the dawning of an era, being new to colour, new to slow motion replays, new to handheld cameras. On reflection it was the best job I ever had — well apart from the pay that is. Dean Mills on his time as a cameraman