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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.

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​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.

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Personal Info

Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1935-11-21

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Camera TV ShowsMovies

2007 Bridge to Terabithia Director of Photography
2006 Hoot Director of Photography
2004 Eulogy Director of Photography
2004 Suspect Zero Director of Photography
2004 House of D Director of Photography
2001 Evolution Director of Photography
2000 The Watcher Director of Photography
1999 The Story of Us Director of Photography
1999 The White River Kid Director of Photography
1998 Six Days Seven Nights Director of Photography
1996 Space Jam Director of Photography
1996 Primal Fear Director of Photography
1993 The Fugitive Director of Photography
1993 Rising Sun Director of Photography
1991 Doc Hollywood Director of Photography
1990 Kindergarten Cop Director of Photography
1990 Quick Change Director of Photography
1989 Ghostbusters II Director of Photography
1988 Scrooged Director of Photography
1988 Shoot to Kill Director of Photography
1987 Bad Director of Photography
1983 The Man with Two Brains Director of Photography
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Director of Photography
1980 Raging Bull Director of Photography
1979 The Wanderers Director of Photography
1979 Hardcore Director of Photography
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Director of Photography
1978 The Last Waltz Director of Photography
1978 Fingers Director of Photography
1976 The Next Man Director of Photography
1976 The Front Director of Photography
1976 Taxi Driver Director of Photography
1975 Death Be Not Proud Director of Photography
1974 The White Dawn Director of Photography
1973 The Last Detail Director of Photography
1972 The Godfather Camera Operator
1971 Klute Camera Operator
1970 The People Next Door Camera Operator

Acting

2017 Transformers: The Last Knight as Scientist Delegate (uncredited)
2014 1: Nenokkadine
2012 Side by Side as Himself
2004 Suspect Zero as Prosecutor #1
2004 House of D as Doorman
2001 Evolution as Sheriff Long
1999 The Story of Us as Waiter
1998 Six Days Seven Nights as Mechanic
1993 Rising Sun as Fred Hoffman
1991 Doc Hollywood as Shooting Gallery Operator
1990 Kindergarten Cop as Firefighter
1989 The Abyss as Dr. Berg
1988 Shoot to Kill as Lawyer
1973 The Last Detail as Taxi Driver

Directing

2013 Peter Gabriel: Live in Athens 1987 Director
1995 The Viking Sagas Director
1986 Annihilator Director
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Director
1983 All the Right Moves Director

Crew

1987 The Lost Boys Cinematography
1982 The Slumber Party Massacre Cinematography

Writing

1995 The Viking Sagas Story

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