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Operating movies is like a sport


Having fun operating on Jaws
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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I did a very show-offy good job, you know. I mean, you go out and stand in a rocking boat with a hand...held pan... you know, anamorphic camera, and see how you like it, you know. I was real good at it and, as I think I probably said, they didn't have... there was no video playback or anything, and they... they pretty much had to... not do what I said, but they had to listen to me because I was the only person seeing it, and it was all full of, you know, did the shark come up here, did the thing go there, did the... it was... it was a really bravura show-off job, and I... and it was great fun to do.

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: operating, shark, fun, show-off

Duration: 34 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010