Dean was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Denver. From a very early age he began story telling on stage acting. He continued acting through high school and in college his focus quickly turned from acting to filmmaking. He then enrolled into The Colorado film school. For the next few years Dean would create and experiment, writing, directing, producing, editing and shooting short films working in all mediums, from 16mm and super 16mm film to 35mm to digital cameras.
Founded by actor, writer and producer Tom Malloy, Trick Candle Productions is known for its quality independent films that span a variety of genres. Trick Candle has most recently produced HERO OF THE UNDERWORLD, starring Tom Malloy, Nicole Fox, and Quinton Aaron, and FAIR HAVEN, starring Tom Wopat and Michael Grant, as well as the teen drama ASHLEY, starring Nicole Fox, Michael Madsen and Jennifer Taylor, written by Domenic Migliore, and directed by Dean Ronalds. The film was in theaters in 2013 and is now on VOD everywhere.