Dean Fleischer-Camp is an American filmmaker and author. He has won several awards for his directorial projects and script writings. Apart from directing and editing, he has also gained fame as an author. The versatile filmmaker has been a New York Times-bestselling author. Also, he has won several awards in various Film Festival around the world and was named Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2011.
Fleischer-Camp is one of Hollywood's emerging talents taking the world by his creations in the film industry. Having gained fame from his viral sensation "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On," Dean has also been praised for his work on several other projects too. The award-winning director's life story is in high demand as the fans are eager to know about the young filmmaker. So, let's learn about Dean Fleischer-Camp's biography.
Dean Fleischer-Camp was born on March 1, which makes him a Pisces. Although his exact birth year is not officially confirmed, it is reported that he was born somewhere around the early 1980s. Fleischer-Camp's parents Sydney Fleischer and Dr. Norman "Mike" Camp, had three children in their family, Marshall Fleischer-Camp and Lee Fleischer-Camp being the other two.
Dean Fleischer-Camp (middle) with his father, mother and siblings. Photo Source: Dean's Instagram.
Fleischer-Camp's father was a psychoanalyst who served as a military doctor for 20 years, whereas his mother was a social worker. Fleischer-Camp's late grandfather, Alan, was a World War II Veteran who also seemed to be a ferocious mountain climber. His grandmother passed away at 96 some years back.
In 1989, the family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where the Fleischer-Camp brothers grew up together. Dean began to show a compassionate enthusiasm towards comedy and creating movies while in his high school years. Unsatisfied by his initial short films, he decided to go to a film school.
Fleischer-Camp enrolled in New York University, where he graduated in 2007. The NYU graduate started his career in an editorial job right after his graduation.
Dean Fleischer-Camp has been a well-known director in the past, but his works as an editor and writer are equally commendable. He started as an editor on David Bellarosa's Steven in 2008, and the following year debuted as a director for the short movie Science Fair (Or: Migratory Patterns & the Flight of the March Brown Mayfly). In 2010, he further sharpened his editing skills while working as an editor for the Independent Film Channel Pseudo-reality cooking show "Food Party" and TV film "Superego."
Fleischer-Camp's first breakthrough occurred when he collaborated with Jenny Slate, his ex-spouse, to create the 4-minute animated short 'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,' which was released on 16th August 2010. Dean wrote, directed, edited, and produced the first part of the short comedy film, which went on to win the 2010 AFI Fest award for the best short film and nominated for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Award. Marcel's story was also the New York Times bestselling storybooks in the early 2010s.
Dean Fleischer-Camp's ex-wife Jenny Slate explains how she came with the voice for Marcel to Conan O'Brien on his talk show. Photo Source: Social Media.
Following his success with Jenny, Dean re-collaborated with her to create the TV series short "Catherine" in 2013, which starred Autumn Withers and Brandi Austin. The project also became a success for the director, leading him to create a short film of the same name in 2014. Since then, he has worked in We do not Belong, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It, Rubberhead, and many more.
In 2016, Fleischer-Camp collaborated with Jonathan Rippon releasing his first film, Fraud, which documented a struggling American family who commits fraud to get out of debt. "It's like nothing I've seen before," states Michael Nazarewycz, Way Too Inside. The project went on to win the 2017 Docaviv Film Festival Award for Depth of Field Competition and the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival award. Besides, he was nominated in various categories in AFI Fest, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Hamptons International Film Festival. Since then, his work has been profiled in every major American media outlet in the country.
Dean Fleischer-Camp YouTube
Apart from filmmaking, Dean has also been focused on his side project: YouTube. He has a YouTube channel of around 73k subscribers (as of now), where he uploads his works and contents. His critically acclaimed work "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Three" has racked up more than 4 million views on his channel. Considering his presence in social media, Dean has successfully connected to a worldwide audience in his career.
Currently, Dean is busy directing the feature-length creation of 'Marcel The Shell With Shoes On,' which includes Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini, and Rosa Salazar as their cast members.
Furthermore, Dean has also been involved in commercial content. He has worked for Comedy Central, Superdeluxe, Pop-Tarts, Maltesers, Clearasils, and several other firms.
Dean Fleischer-Camp has had a reasonably successful career so far. He has directed, edited, and wrote several short films. His salary details are still not revealed to the general public, but with the hits like Marcel and Fraud, one can guess the filmmaker could have banked some large portion of the income.
While some sources claim Dean Fleischer-Camp's net worth to be in the millions, the actor himself has not verified the amount. His ex-wife Jean Slate's net worth is stated at $5 million, but due to Dean's lack of financial information and unverified income sources, his net value is still not officially recorded on the books.
Aforementioned, Dean also has a YouTube channel that contributes to his income. With more than 73.1K subscribers and millions of views in his channel, Dean could have been generating hefty revenues from YouTube. According to Social Blade, Dean Fleischer-Camp's channel has been generating about an estimated $17 - $268 per month, which if added up, totals an estimated $201 - $3.2K yearly. His growing popularity around the world will undoubtedly grow his channel which will definitely raise his future earnings through the social media platform.
On November 1, 2011, Fleischer-Camp released a children's book on Amazon. The book "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me" was selling thousands of copies and became New York Times bestseller in 2011. The book was priced at $10.99 on a kindle version and $5.58 on a hardcovered version. The net collection from the books could also have been a decent contribution to Dean Fleischer-Camp's net worth.
Dean Fleischer-Camp's Relationship with Jenny Slate
After the highly applauded "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On," Dean Fleischer-Camp married Jenny Slate in 2012 following their engagement ceremony. The relationship between the versatile director and talented actress was thriving in their professional alliance as the creators of Marcel.
However, after a four-year-long relationship, Dean and Jenny decided to end their marriage relationship in 2016. Although the couple had a good understanding between them, they decided to get separated with a mutual understanding to save their professional relationship. "If we didn't get divorced, we wouldn't be able to be friends, and we wouldn't be able to do our work," states Slate following her divorce with Dean.
After the split, Dean Fleischer-Camp's ex-wife Jenny Slate started dating Captain America, Chris Evans. The pair broke up in 2018. Currently, Slate is engaged to Ben Shattuck. Recently, Jenny and her fiance had a baby girl named Ida Lupine.
Unlike his ex-wife's love life, Dean Fleischer-Camp's relationship status is unknown to the public. He is seen working on his next projects, but a little is known about his personal relationships. So, who Dean Fleischer-Camp's girlfriend is now is still a mystery.
Arthur and Reggie, Dean's companions
Around 2014, Dean rescued a dog off the streets. He adopted the dog and named him 'Arthur.' Since then, the two share a loving bond as seen on Dean's Instagram as he shares beautiful pictures of his dog.
Dean Fleischer-Camp shares a loving bond with his dog 'Arthur.' Photo Source: Dean's Instagram.
Also, he had another dog 'Reggie' who sadly passed away in 2020. He farewelled the pup with his last goodbyes on his Instagram.
Trivia and Facts
- Dean Fleischer-Camp signed with CAA in 2020.
- He has a verified Twitter and Instagram account with thousands of followers.
- He wrote and directed the short comedy "The Bible" in 2019.
- He loves traveling.