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Studio movies in the '80s
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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I was doing... for many years in the '80s, I was doing big studio movies – you know, Ghostbusters 2, and Scrooged, and this and that, and working. I mean, my car could find its way to Warner Bros. I didn't even have to be awake. It could drive me back and forth by itself. And I was doing large studio movies which, by and large, entail a certain... certain parameters of the lighting anyway. You're not going to do... you know, you're not going to do wild abstraction, or something. And coverage and... I mean, with all that a big studio movie implies. I did them for 10 years or so, one after another, one kind or another. And did very well doing them and was quite happy doing them. And, you know, raised a family and had two children and settled down to life in LA in a... in a very ordinary, middle class way, you know. And I'm quite happy to have done it. Had I... I mean, I suppose I could have done, or gone, a different route in my career, but I'm not sure that in the '80s there... that route was very interesting.

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: Ghostbusters 2, Scrooged

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010