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'You can't dance unless you're asked to'
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Those were the movies I chose to do, or that I was offered. I don't remember whether I was, you know, turning down some wonderful avant-garde piece of Shakespeare in order to do Kindergarten Cop; I don't remember. I just remember I did Kindergarten Cop. And they were, by and large, large studio movies with big studio directors, you know. And so that... that implies a certain kind of... of coverage and lighting, and camera package and all the rest. And I unashamedly did them, and... and perfectly happy to have done them. I don't know that there were, in those years, as interesting alternatives to that as there were in the '70s, and that's why the '70s is remembered as the last great... whatever it was, that went up everybody's nose, and the '80s wasn't. And I did what I did, you know. I sound as if I was defending myself. Well, I suppose I am. But, no, I'm not. I mean, what the hell else was I going to do, and I did what came... No... And I'm just... You can't dance unless you're asked to, you know.

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: Kindergarten Cop

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010