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Was the shooting of Taxi Driver art or practicality?

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My mind was occupied by other things, and I didn't have time to be... I mean, I'm sure I was, from time to time, worried or embarrassed – 'Oh my God, I got the exposure wrong', and all that stuff that one inevitably does – but by and large, I was so busy and so caught up in doing it, and the excitement and the... and the wonderfulness, really, of... of what we were doing, that I didn't have time to be obsessively worried and nervous. I think that... I'm not sure I ever got rid of nervousness about making mistakes, or... or doing, I don't think anybody... maybe some people do, but I never did.

Michael Chapman, an American cinematographer, has had a huge influence on contemporary film-making, working on an impressive array of classic films including 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Fugitive'.

Listeners: Glen Ade Brown

British Director of Photography and Camera Operator Glen Ade Brown settled in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

He has been working on features, commercials and reality TV. He played an instrumental role in the award-winning ABC Family series "Switched" and is also a recipient of the Telly and the Cine Golden Eagle awards for Best Cinematography. He was recently signed by the Judy Marks Agency and is now listed in her commercial roster.

Tags: shooting, excitement, nervousness, mistakes

Duration: 37 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008