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How I got into the movie business


The Arctic light
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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I loved the Arctic. What was it about... the Arctic's extraordinary, oh, the light more than anything else, when... when there is light, of course, in the winter there's none. But in... in the high, high Arctic, where Thule is, I mean it's only 1000 miles or so from the North Pole, I can't remember, don't... I mustn't be held to the geographic imperative here, but it's damn high up. The sun never gets beyond about there, you know, so there's always this amazing cross-light, wherever you are, and extraordinarily dramatic and there is sometimes no fill at all, just the sidelight, and then when there's still snow, there is cross-light and fill-light at the same time. It's just inherently dramatic, the light, always, always... and you can't get over how wonderful it looks. You just walk out every day and your jaw drops it's so beautiful, plus, of course, the geology of it is, I mean it's... you know, there're icebergs and mountains and one damn thing after another, it's quite extraordinary. So, I had a wonderful time. I missed some of the creature comforts, but I had a marvelous time for a whole year, I fooled them.

Michael Chapman (1935-2020), an American cinematographer, 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: Arctic, North Pole

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008