Michael Chapman

Birthday:

11/21/1935

Place of birth:

New York City, New York, USA:

Biography:

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Chapman (cinematographer), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Film Credits

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
as Scientist Delegate
Side by Side (2012)
as Himself
House of D (2005)
as Doorman
Evolution (2001)
as Sheriff Long
The Story of Us (1999)
as Waiter
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
as Mechanic
Rising Sun (1993)
as Fred Hoffman
Doc Hollywood (1991)
as Shooting Gallery Operator
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
as Firefighter
The Abyss (1989)
as Dr. Berg
Shoot to Kill (1988)
as Lawyer

Production Credits

Peter Gabriel: Live In Athens (2013)
Director
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Director of Photography
Hoot (2006)
Director of Photography
House of D (2005)
Director of Photography
Eulogy (2004)
Director of Photography
Suspect Zero (2004)
Director of Photography
Evolution (2001)
Director of Photography
The Watcher (2000)
Director of Photography
The Story of Us (1999)
Director of Photography
The White River Kid (1999)
Director of Photography
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Director of Photography
Space Jam (1996)
Director of Photography
Primal Fear (1996)
Director of Photography
The Viking Sagas (1995)
Director
The Viking Sagas (1995)
Story
The Fugitive (1993)
Director of Photography
Rising Sun (1993)
Director of Photography
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Director of Photography
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Director of Photography
Quick Change (1990)
Director of Photography
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Director of Photography
Scrooged (1988)
Director of Photography
Shoot to Kill (1988)
Director of Photography
Bad (1987)
Director of Photography
The Lost Boys (1987)
Cinematography
Annihilator (1986)
Director
The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
Director
All the Right Moves (1983)
Director
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
Director of Photography
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
Cinematography
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Director of Photography
Raging Bull (1980)
Director of Photography
The Wanderers (1979)
Director of Photography
Hardcore (1979)
Director of Photography
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director of Photography
The Next Man (1976)
Director of Photography
The Front (1976)
Director of Photography
Taxi Driver (1976)
Director of Photography
Death Be Not Proud (1975)
Director of Photography
The White Dawn (1974)
Director of Photography
The Last Detail (1973)
Director of Photography
The People Next Door (1970)
Camera Operator