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Different operating styles


The joy of of camera operating
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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I was very fortunate to be an operator on some marvelous movies, like Jaws and [The] Godfather. And that... all the stuff I did with Gordy [Gordon Willis] I did because Gordy chose me, and his career just exploded into all those movies, and he just took me along in his wake, you know. And I got to operate in Klute, in The Godfather, and all those things. It was wonderful. It was heavenly. And, as I think I said before, Gordy and I worked out a whole... won't give it too pompous a name, but... not an aesthetic, but a way of looking and a way of framing that we both were totally happy with and agreed on entirely. And so I... he trusted me and we did it, and we had a wonderful time, and... I know I've said all this before – that operating is far and away the most wonderful and sexiest job in the... in the movie industry, as far as I'm concerned. It's just marvelous and I had a wonderful time doing it. As to how much it affected my later career, or certainly as a director, or something, I don't know. I'm not so sure that I could make that connection in any conscious way. I mean, it is... it is a form of storytelling, certainly.

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: Jaws, The Godfather, Klute, Gordon Willis

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010