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The working hours and first time directors


Six Days Seven Nights
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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Six Days Seven Nights, we did, for instance, which is... which, again, I quite like. I mean, it wasn't... it was never meant to be anything more than the movie equivalent of a romance you take to the beach in the summer and read, you know. But, given that, I think we did a wonderful job, and Harrison [Ford] and Annie [Anne Heche] were really good together, and they gave each other... like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, they say, you know, she gave him sex and he gave her class. Well, something like that with Harrison and Anne Heche. Annie gave him, sort of, sex appeal, and he gave her a kind of dignity, and they... and they were a wonderful couple together; they really were a wonderful comic couple. You could've wished that they'd done a whole series of movies together. They just fed off each other and they made each other really work well.

And we had a great time, you know. As I say, it's not anything other than a summer romance comedy, but as that it's... it was fine, and we had a great time lighting it, and we sort of did it in an old-fashioned style. Again, we brought arcs and things to... to Hawaii, partly for... well, just for the fun of it, really, because we thought we could... it was going to look like an old-time... not look like, but it was going to be an homage to an old Doris Day/Rock Hudson... that kind of romance movie, so we thought we'd be a little bit homage with the equipment too, and we brought arcs and did stuff and we had a good time, and, I think, made a really charming movie, mostly because Harrison and Annie were charming together, and here comes Harrison flying over now! He lives right up the street; he may be, for all I know. And he has a helicopter. It was... it was the only time I ever worked in Hawaii, and, I must say: frankly, if I never work there again, I'm perfectly happy. It is the most... boy, there's no 'there' there. It's absolutely... there's nothing to do. After about three weeks the crew would have killed to get off the island. It's just... there's nothing there. There is no 'there' there at all. But the movie itself was great fun and... you know, and then on your day off you go play golf, and then you go work, and then you go play golf again, and there's one restaurant. This is in Kauai anyway. The rest of it I don't know. But it was fun. It was great fun to do, and I think it was a good movie, and I think Harrison and Annie were a marvelous couple together.

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: Hawaii, Anne Heche, Harrison Ford

Duration: 2 minutes, 23 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010