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The Last Detail: My first film as Director of Photography


Operating is drawing and lighting is painting
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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In the analogy between movies and... and... and say painting, operating is drawing, and lighting is painting, and there... there seems to me, in many ways, in vaguely representational painting that... that drawing can save painting, but painting can't save drawing, you have to be able to draw, there are very few exceptions, Cezanne couldn't draw for shit but... most of the great painters could draw, you know, and that drawing is the under, is... is what holds it up and keeps it there and makes it, holds it together and makes it work. And some of the drawings, with light, if there's a big slash of bright light across, that's a formal drawing too, but... but framing and... and arrangement is drawing and it is the basis of... of being able to use light as color and so, yes, my sense of composition and my sense of drawing, which I pompously think was really quite good, was an enormous help to me in... as I... well in... in Last Detail it was everything, since I barely lit it. And in... in other movies, as I got more confidence and lit more and it had to be lit, I... I always could count on my sense of composition or drawing that I had gotten from operating, to... to help me a lot and it always has, I think. I mean, for my satisfaction, anyway.

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: Last Detail

Duration: 1 minute, 21 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008