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Rising Sun


Ghostbusters 2 and working with Ivan Reitman
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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The Ghostbusters movies were big hits, and with all of us... and they're actually very funny. I didn't do Ghostbusters 1 [sic]; I did Ghostbusters 2, and, again, I supervised that recently into DVD. And it's... you know, it's whatever it is, but it's enormously good-hearted. You can see that... that the ghostbusters and all of... they're all having a wonderful time with each other. They're very happy to... to be there, and they were, in fact; they were all friends in those days. They're not so much friends now, but in those days they were. They had a great deal of fun playing with each other and joking off each other, and you can see that, and the movie reflects that. And there is a good-humouredness to it that is unmistakable, and I don't think can be faked. It really is a group of people who are at ease with each other, and having a hell of a time. And in that case, what the cameraman should do is step back and give them space to do it in. And, you know, light it intelligently and block it intelligently. But we're not talking about Caravaggio here. We're talking about, you know, giving the comic actors – in the case of Billy [Bill Murray], comic genius – space to do what they do, and do it and not be hampered by they have to hit a mark here, or they have to have a light that comes into their eye there, or something like that. You know, that's not what those comedies are about, and nor should they be about.

And I don't suppose Ghostbusters 2 was as... can't be as original as Ghostbusters 1 [sic], but it's a funny movie and it's full of good-heartedness between and among the actors, which is very nice to see, and... and very warming to see when you watch the movie. I had... I had a very good time with Ivan [Reitman] in general. We did a whole bunch of movies together. Ghostbusters 2, and... and Kindergarten Cop, and, God, I can't even remember – a whole bunch of them. And Ivan always treated me very well. I wouldn't... I mean, this is hardly what the world needs to know, but Ivan was always a good guy to me. To a certain extent, people think of him.... that he was difficult, but he was never difficult to me, and he always told me the truth, which is very rare. And I rather... in fact, more than rather, I quite honor and respect him. He was a good guy. He is a good guy.

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: Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop, Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray

Duration: 2 minutes, 20 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010