Michael Chapman


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
November 21, 1935

Biography

Former camera operator and assistant to cinematographer Gordon Willis who has worked several times with Philip Kaufman and whose crisp, powerful images proved integral to several Martin Scorsese pictures, most notably the gritty black-and-white of "Raging Bull" (1980) and the atmospheric, intense neon color of nighttime New York in "Taxi Driver" (1976). As a director, Chapman has been le...

Family & Companions

Amy Holden Jones
Wife
Editor, director, screenwriter. Born on September 17, 1953.

Biography

Former camera operator and assistant to cinematographer Gordon Willis who has worked several times with Philip Kaufman and whose crisp, powerful images proved integral to several Martin Scorsese pictures, most notably the gritty black-and-white of "Raging Bull" (1980) and the atmospheric, intense neon color of nighttime New York in "Taxi Driver" (1976). As a director, Chapman has been less effective, though "All the Right Moves" (1983) enjoyed some success. His next directorial effort, "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986), may well have been the first feminist cave woman movie but many found it laughable. Chapman continued working as director of photography for mainstream big-budget films like "Kindergarten Cop" (1990), culminating in his Oscar nomination for the cinematography of "The Fugitive" (1993) and his inclusion in the acclaimed documentary on "the art of cinematography," "Visions of Light" (1992).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Viking Sagas (1995)
Director
The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
Director
The Annihilator (1986)
Director
All the Right Moves (1983)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Side by Side (2012)
Himself
House of D (2004)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Evolution (2001)
The Story of Us (1999)
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Rising Sun (1993)
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)
Himself
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Quick Change (1990)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Third Degree Burn (1989)
Dan Rourke
Gotham (1988)
Shoot To Kill (1988)
The Last Detail (1973)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Director Of Photography
Hoot (2006)
Director Of Photography
Eulogy (2004)
Director Of Photography
House of D (2004)
Director Of Photography
Suspect Zero (2004)
Director Of Photography
The White River Kid (2001)
Director Of Photography
Evolution (2001)
Director Of Photography
The Watcher (2000)
Director Of Photography
The Story of Us (1999)
Director Of Photography
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Director Of Photography
Primal Fear (1996)
Director Of Photography
Space Jam (1996)
Director Of Photography
Rising Sun (1993)
Director Of Photography
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
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
Gotham (1988)
Director Of Photography
Scrooged (1988)
Director Of Photography
Shoot To Kill (1988)
Director Of Photography
The Lost Boys (1987)
Director Of Photography
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Director Of Photography
Personal Best (1982)
Director Of Photography
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Director Of Photography
Raging Bull (1980)
Director of Photography
Hardcore (1979)
Director Of Photography
The Wanderers (1979)
Director Of Photography
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director Of Photography
The Last Waltz (1978)
Cinematographer
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978)
Director Of Photography
Fingers (1978)
Director Of Photography
The Next Man (1976)
Director Of Photography
Taxi Driver (1976)
Director Of Photography
The Front (1976)
Director Of Photography
Jaws (1975)
Camera Operator
Death Be Not Proud (1975)
Director Of Photography
The White Dawn (1974)
Director Of Photography
The Last Detail (1973)
Director Of Photography
Bad Company (1972)
Camera Operator
The Godfather (1972)
Camera Operator
Little Murders (1971)
Camera Operator
Klute (1971)
Camera Operator
Husbands (1970)
Camera op for New York unit
The Landlord (1970)
Camera Operator

Writer (Feature Film)

The Viking Sagas (1995)
From Story

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Love Letters (1983)
Photograph Of Anna
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978)
Production
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978)
Production Assistant

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Side by Side (2012)
Other
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Dp/Cinematographer
Hoot (2006)
Dp/Cinematographer
Eulogy (2004)
Dp/Cinematographer
Evolution (2001)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Story of Us (1999)
Dp/Cinematographer
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Dp/Cinematographer
Primal Fear (1996)
Dp/Cinematographer
Space Jam (1996)
Other
Space Jam (1996)
Dp/Cinematographer
Rising Sun (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Fugitive (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)
Other
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Dp/Cinematographer
Scrooged (1988)
Other
The Lost Boys (1987)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Dp/Cinematographer
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Dp/Cinematographer
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Dp/Cinematographer
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978)
Other
The Front (1976)
Dp/Cinematographer

Cinematography (Special)

Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis: Baroque Duet (1992)
Director Of Photography

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

King (1978)
Director Of Photography

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

King (1978)
Other

Life Events

1970

Served as assistant/camera operator for cinematographer Gordon Willis on "The Godfather", "Klute", "End of the Road" and "The Landlord"

1973

First film as director of photography, "The Last Detail"

1983

Feature film directing debut, "All the Right Moves"

Videos

Movie Clip

Hardcore (1979) — (Movie Clip) Bless All Our Missionaries A Spartan, Calvinist Christmas in Grand Rapids, Michigan (shot on location, and the exact background of writer-director Paul Schrader), George C. Scott as single father furniture-business owner Van Dorn, the head of the family, Dick Sargent a brother-in-law, Ilah Davis his daughter preparing, with a cousin, for a church trip to California, in Hardcore, 1979.
Hardcore (1979) — (Movie Clip) These Are The Realities In Los Angeles after the disappearance of his daughter on a church youth trip, Michigan Calvinist businessman Van Dorn (George C. Scott, with Dick Sargent, his brother-in-law) grapples with an L-A cop then with P-I Mast (Peter Boyle), in the uncompromising early feature by Calvinist-raised Grand Rapids native Paul Schrader, Hardcore, 1979.
Landlord, The (1970) -- (Movie Clip) It Ain't Your Baby Explosive scene in which Elgar (Beau Bridges, title character) overhears tenant Fanny (Diana Sands) telling husband Copee (Louis Gossett) she's pregnant, and it goes badly, in Hal Ashby's The Landlord, 1970.
Wanderers, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Bunch Of Neanderthal Retardos After director Philip Kaufman’s credit, The Bronx 1963, Joey (John Friedrich) hopes to stop fellow Wanderer Turkey (Alan Rosenberg) from joining the Fordham Baldies (a real street gang of the day), and we meet PeeWee (Linda Manz), Terror (Erland van Lidth), Toni Kalem as Despie beneath Ken Wahl as Richie, and Jim Youngs as Buddy, in The Wanderers, 1979.
Wanderers, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Just The Dirty Parts Molesting women for sport in The Bronx, 1963, Ken Wahl as Richie, semi-leader of the title-gang, takes a run in their crudely named game at Karen Allen, in her first scene, as Nina, supported by John Friedrich as Joey, with Tony Ganios as big Perry and Jim Youngs as Buddy, in director Philip Kaufman’s The Wanderers, 1979.
Wanderers, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) I Seen This In My Favorite Movie In a Bronx bowling alley, 1963, Richard Price, author of the underlying book, is the hustler in the necktie, John Califano his accomplice, Ken Wahl and John Friedrich representing the title gang, Dolph Sweet as Chubby, overseeing the wager and his own goons, in director Philip Kaufman’s The Wanderers, 1979.
Wanderers, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) All Men Are Created Equal Fluid work by director Philip Kaufman and cinematographer Michael Chapman, title-gang member Joey (John Friedrich) arrives at school in The Bronx with Perry (Tony Ganios), his new neighbor from New Jersey, meeting fellow members Richie (Ken Wahl) and Turkey (Alan Rosenberg) in the class led by Mr. Sharp (Val Avery), in The Wanderers, 1979.
Front, The (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Communist Sympathizer TV writer Miller (Michael Murphy) explaining how he's been blacklisted to friend Howard (Woody Allen), a cashier and small-time bookie, early in The Front, 1976, by blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Martin Ritt.
Front, The (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Make It A Firing Squad Howard (Woody Allen) enjoying the fruits of his work "fronting" for blacklisted writers, has a meeting with Delaney (Lloyd Gough) foiled, then arrives at the studio where Florence (Andrea Marcovicci) and Sussman (Herschel Bernardi) have an emergency, in The Front. 1977.
Front, The (1976) -- (Movie Clip) First Class Script His first visit to the TV studio, Howard (Woody Allen), posing as a writer in place of his blacklisted friend, meets Florence (Andrea Marcovicci), Sussman (Herschel Bernardi), actor Parks (William Bogert) and comic Hecky (Zero Mostel), in Martin Ritt's The Front, 1976.
Front, The (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Sincerity Is The Key We meet Remak Ramsay as Hennessy, the ex-FBI man whose job is to clear network employees suspected of having Communist connections, as comic Hecky (the long-blacklisted Zero Mostel) has his initial interview, in The Front, 1976, from Walter Bernstein’s original screenplay.
Taxi Driver (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Easy Andy Steven Prince (as "Easy Andy," a non-actor and friend of director Martin Scorsese, about whom he later made a documentary) with his famous sales pitch to Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in Taxi Driver, 1976.

Trailer

Companions

Amy Holden Jones
Wife
Editor, director, screenwriter. Born on September 17, 1953.

Bibliography