I first noticed that Semler was no longer listed on the 'Fury Road' IMDb page.
I then did some searching and found this in the February newsletter from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)
Dean Semler generously squeezed time into his Sydney preproduction schedule for Fury Road, to screen one of his latest films, In the Land of Blood and Honey.
http://www.cinematographer.org.au/03_en ... asp?ID=288
However, 2 months later in the April newsletter from the ACS, it not only says that...
ACS members are currently working on the following projects:
- Don McAlpine ACS ASC as DOP on "Enders Game" in New Orleans
- David Eggby ACS shooting "Riddick" in Montreal
- John Seale ACS ASC in pre production "Mad Max-Fury Road" in Namibia
- Stephen Windon ACS "Fast & Furious 6" in London
- Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC "The Hobbit" in New Zealand...
http://www.cinematographer.org.au/03_en ... asp?ID=311
...but it also links to a 'postcard' from Semler who's at Shepparton Studios, London checking out a crane demo.
http://www.cinematographer.org.au/01_cm ... asp?ID=737
Doesn't sound like a man busy working on Fury Road, does it?
Finally, if.com.au had a recent status update for the movie and sure enough, they too list Seale as the cinematographer.
http://if.com.au/2010/04/30/inprod/Mad- ... YXEQX.html
If Semler is off, I can only speculate as to why. He was a big man. Quite obese, by the looks of it. He's up there in age as well. It could be a medical reason, or some other personal reason.
Seale is no slouch, though. Aside from working with Miller and Peter Weir (on Witness, Mosquito Coast, Dead Poets Society), he also won an Oscar for 'The English Patient', a movie that was largely filmed in the deserts of Tunisia.