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All The Right Moves: Directing
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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Everybody should direct at least once, if only to get it out of their system, if they possibly can. Because most particularly cameramen go round for years saying, 'My God, I could have done better than that. Look at that idiot. What a... what a...' You know, and then most of the time we are dreadfully wrong, and we couldn't have done better. I've proved that. And... and we're much better just staying cameramen, but inevitably, you know, you grumble and groan and you think, I could've done better. You're almost always wrong. But I did get to direct one movie: All the Right Moves. A movie about high school football, and it's really quite a good... hardly Shakespeare, but it's not a bad movie. And one of the odd things about it was that I didn't realize what I... I mean, I thought it was fun, you know – it was going to be fun, and I was going to treat in this nice way; it was going to be shot in a... funny, cameraman that I am, I kept thinking about how it would be shot... shot in this real location in this decayed steel town in... in Pennsylvania, and it had a secret kind of left wing message and all that nonsense. And I firmly believed it, and perhaps it 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: All The Right Moves

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008