Michael Chapman (cinematographer)
November 21, 1935 |
New York City, U.S.
|Other names||Mike Chapman|
Michael Chapman, A.S.C. (born November 21, 1935) is an American cinematographer whose prominence owes most to his innovative work of the 1970s and 1980s.
He began his career as a camera operator, distinguishing himself on Steven Spielberg's Jaws. As a cinematographer, he became famous for his two collaborations with Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Chapman was also cinematographer for the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Chapman's style tends towards high contrasts and aggressive use of strong colors. He is also extremely adept at setting up complex camera movements quickly and improvising on the set. This style is epitomized in the boxing sequences in Raging Bull, during which the camera was often strapped to the actors through improvised rigs. Chapman was also the principal cinematographer on Scorsese's documentary The Last Waltz.
Besides his work with Scorsese, Chapman has worked as director of photography for directors Hal Ashby, Philip Kaufman, Martin Ritt, Robert Towne, Michael Caton-Jones, Andrew Davis, and Ivan Reitman. He occasionally makes cameos in films he shoots. He has directed several films, the best known being All the Right Moves (1983), starring Tom Cruise in one of that actor's breakthrough roles.
His most recent film was Bridge to Terabithia. According to the DVD commentary, Chapman was planning to retire after the film was finished, saying he would have the last film he shot be a good one.
|1970||The Landlord||Camera operator|
|1972||The Godfather||Camera operator|
|1973||The Last Detail||Cinematographer|
|1974||The White Dawn||Cinematographer|
|1975||Death Be Not Proud||Cinematographer|
|1976||The Next Man||Cinematographer|
|1978||The Last Waltz||Cinematographer|
|1978||King: The Martin Luther King Story||Cinematographer|
|1978||Invasion of the Body Snatchers||Cinematographer, actor|
|1982||Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid||Cinematographer|
|1983||The Man with Two Brains||Cinematographer|
|1983||All the Right Moves||Director, cinematographer|
|1986||The Clan of the Cave Bear||Director|
|1987||The Lost Boys||Cinematographer|
|1987||Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery||Producer|
|1988||Shoot to Kill||Cinematographer, actor|
|1988||Gotham: The Dead Can't Lie||Cinematographer|
|1989||Third Degree Burn||Actor|
|1990||Quick Change||Cinematographer, actor|
|1990||Kindergarten Cop||Cinematographer, actor|
|1991||Doc Hollywood||Cinematographer, actor|
|1992||Whipsers in the Dark||Cinematographer|
|1993||Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography||Interviewee|
|1993||Rising Sun||Cinematographer, actor|
|1995||The Viking Sagas||Director|
|1998||Six Days, Seven Nights||Cinematographer|
|1999||The Story of Us||Cinematographer|
|2004||Suspect Zero||Cinematographer, actor|
|2004||House of D||Cinematographer, actor|
|2007||Bridge to Terabithia||Cinematographer|
- Michael Chapman at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Chapman tells his life story at Web of Stories
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