#1: From interview [Camerimage, 2016]

#2: [Right] with doph Haskell Wexler [2007]

 

   


MICHAEL CHAPMAN   ASC

 

Born: 21 November 1935, Wellesley [suburb of Boston], Massachusetts, USA.

Education: Phillips Academy, Andover; Columbia University, New York City [History and Literature].

Career: After college, he spent two years in the United States Army [one year on the Thule Airbase, Greenland], and then two more as a freight brakeman on the railroad. His then father-in-law, doph Joseph Brun, eventually led him into the movie business. During his initiation into the New York filmmaking community, Chapman met several cinematographers including Boris Kaufman. That led him to a camera crew job at MPO, a commercial company in New York, where he met Gordon Willis, Owen Roizman, director Michael Cimino and other narrative filmmakers. He became Gordon Willis' c.op for 6 years.

Michael Chapman: "It was quite a ride. I got to watch while a man made up a whole new style of 'seeing.' I knew I could never imitate Gordy, but from our years together, I took away the seriousness of purpose that he saw, and the idea that light could be organized to express strong emotions."

Became doph in 1973 on 'The Last Detail' [he was introduced to dir Hal Ashby by Gordon Willis], but the New York film scene was relatively quiet, so he returned to operating ['Jaws'] after the filming of 'The White Dawn'.

Made his debut as director in 1983 with 'All the Right Moves'. Played small parts in some of the films he ph, but also in others [e.g. 'The Abyss', 1988].

Member of the Screen Actors Guild [SAG].

Married to editor/director Amy Holden Jones [b. 1955].

Retired in 2006.

Appeared in the doc's 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' [1991] & 'Making 'Taxi Driver'' [1999, Laurent Bouzereau; ph: Ron Siegel, Chris Meagher, a.o.].

Awards: 'Emmy' Award nom [1974/5] for 'Death Be Not Proud'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1980], NSFC Award [1981] & BSFC Award [1981] for 'Raging Bull'; ASC Film Award nom [1993] & 'Oscar' AA nom [1993] for 'The Fugitive'; ASC 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2003]; Camerimage 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2016].


 

 FILMS

1973

The Last Detail [Hal Ashby] c; + small part; originally Haskell Wexler was scheduled as doph and M. Chapman as c.op

1973

The White Dawn [Philip Kaufman] c

1975

Taxi Driver [Martin Scorsese] c; 2uc: Michael Zingale

1975

The Front [Martin Ritt] c

1976

The Next Man/The Arab Conspiracy/Double Hit [Richard Sarafian] c

1976

Shoot the Sun Down/Mr. Rainbow/Santa Fe 1836 [David Leeds] p/c; uncred; camera: L. Strether; insert ph: Marino Colmano

1976

The Last Waltz [Martin Scorsese] c; interv + concert film/115m; addph: Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, David Myers, Bobby Byrne, Michael Watkins & Hiro Narita; concert filmed 25 November (San Francisco)

1977

Fingers [James Toback] c

1977

American Boy - A Profile of Steven Prince [Martin Scorsese] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/55m

1977

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Philip Kaufman] c

1978

Hardcore/The Hardcore Life [Paul Schrader] c; 2uc: William Dear

1978

The Wanderers [Philip Kaufman] c

1979

Raging Bull [Martin Scorsese] b&w; + small part

1980

Personal Best [Robert Towne] c; uwph: Allan Gornick Jr.

1981

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid [Carl Reiner] c

1982

The Slumber Party Massacre/Sleepless Nights [Amy Jones] c; uncred prologue ph; ph: Steve Posey

1982

The Man with Two Brains [Carl Reiner] c

1986 

The Lost Boys [Joel Schumacher] p/c; 2uc: Paul Goldsmith; vfx ph: Tim McHugh & Charles Schuman; aph: Frank Holgate

1987

Bad [Martin Scorsese] b&w-c; mus short/17m; with Michael Jackson

1987

Shoot to Kill/Deadly Pursuit [Roger Spottiswoode] s35/c; addph: Robert Stevens; 2uc: Curtis Petersen; uwph: Jordan Klein; + small part

1987

Scrooged [Richard Donner] c; addph New York: Peter Norman; motion control ph: Mike Shea; replaced Conrad L. Hall

1988

Ghostbusters II [Ivan Reitman] p/c; 2uc: Rexford Metz; spec vfx ph: Mark Vargo

1989

Quick Change [Howard Franklin & Bill Murray] c; + small part

1990

Kindergarten Cop [Ivan Reitman] c; 2uc: Robert Thomas; + small part

1990

Doc Hollywood [Michael Caton-Jones] c; + small part

1991

Whispers in the Dark [Christopher Crowe] c; 2uc: Michael A. Benson

 

 

1992

Rising Sun [Philip Kaufman] c; addph: Jamie Anderson & John Connor Sr.; + small part

1993

The Fugitive [Andrew Davis] c; ph b&w flashback footage: Frank Tidy; 2uc: Gary H. Holt & George Kohut; aph: Frank M. Holgate; spec vfx ph: John Mesa & Chris Dawson

1995

Primal Fear [Gregory Hoblit] c; aph: Frank Holgate

1995

Space Jam [Joe Pytka] c; addph: Jon Mentzer

1996

Homegrown [Stephen Gyllenhaal] c; addph; ph: Greg Gardiner

1997

Six Days, Seven Nights [Ivan Reitman] p/c; 2uc: John M. Stephens; aph: David Nowell; + small part

1998

The White River Kid/White River [Arne Glimcher] c; 2uc: Tony Jannelli; + small part

1998

The Story of Us [Rob Reiner] c; + small part

1999

The Watcher [Joe Charbanic] c; addph: Ric Waite; Los Angeles ph: Joplin Wu

 

#2: [Right] as Sheriff Long

 

2000

Evolution [Ivan Reitman] s35/c; + small part (as Sheriff Long)

2002

Suspect Zero [E. Elias Merhige] 8mm+16mm+35mm+v-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Philip Pfeiffer; + small part

2003

Eulogy [Michael Clancy] c; + small part

2003

House of D [David Duchovny] c; + small part

2005

Hoot [Wil Shriner] c; aph: David Norris; efx unit ph: Peter Zuccarini

2006

Bridge to Terabithia [Gabor Csupo] c; splinter unit ph: John Cavill

 

 TELEVISION

1974

Death Be Not Proud [Donald Wrye] tvm

1977

King [Abby Mann] 3-part miniseries; addph: Gerald Hirschfeld

1980

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty [Joseph Cates] special/49m; for NBC-tv

1988

Gotham/The Dead Can't Lie [Lloyd Fonvielle] tvm; + small part

1991

Kathleen Battle - Wynton Marsalis - Baroque Duet [Patricia Jaffe (perf seg)] special/90m; ph perf seg; ph: Albert Maysles & Susan Froemke; addph: Greg Andracke, Don Lenzer & Jean de Segonzac; ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances' (1992)

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1965

who killed teddy bear [Joseph Cates] c.asst; ph: Joseph Brun

1967

The Thanksgiving Visitor [Frank Perry; tvm] c.asst; ph: Joseph Brun

1968

End of the Road [Aram Avakian] ph: Gordon Willis

1968

Loving [Irvin Kershner] ph: Gordon Willis

1969

Husbands [John Cassavetes] co-c.op. New York unit; ph: Victor Kemper

1969

The Landlord [Hal Ashby] ph: Gordon Willis

1970

The People Next Door [David Greene] ph: Gordon Willis

1970

Little Murders [Alan Arkin] ph: Gordon Willis

1970

Klute [Alan Pakula] ph: Gordon Willis

1971

The Godfather [Francis Coppola] ph: Gordon Willis

1971

Bad Company [Robert Benton] ph: Gordon Willis

1974

Jaws [Steven Spielberg] ph: Bill Butler

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1983

All the Right Moves/All Right [ph: Jan de Bont]

1984

The Clan of the Cave Bear [ph: Jan de Bont]

1985

Annihilator [tvm] ph: Paul Goldsmith

1987

Peter Gabriel: Live in Athens 1987/PoV [concert film/117m] ph: ?; released on VHS in 1990 as 'PoV' (85m); released on DVD in 2013; filmed October in Athens, Greece

1994

The Viking Sagas/The Islandic Sagas [+ story] ph: Dean Lent