Chapman brought visions to life from directors like Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Steven Spielberg and Hal Ashby.
Michael Chapman, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind popular films like "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver", died on September 20th. The news was published the following day. He was 84 years old.
Chapman, who had retired at the time of his death, was a key figure in the American New Wave of the 1970s, drawing attention to films by such directors as Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Hal Ashby and Robert Towne, and Philip Kaufman. His last job as a cameraman was in 2007 on the "Bridge to Terabithia".
Chapman's many accomplishments as a cinematographer include "The Fugitive," for which he received his second Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography (after "Raging Bull" in 1984), "Six Days Seven Nights," "Primal Fear," and "Rising "Sun," Kindergarten Cop "," Ghostbusters II "," The Lost Boys "," Hardcore ", the 1978 version of" Invasion of the Body Catcher "and" The Last Detail ", got his first feature as DP.
Before his groundbreaking work with Scorsese on "Taxi Driver" and the mostly hand-held black and white film "Raging Bull", Chapman also made his musical film "The Last Waltz", a documentary about the band's final concert. Chapman also directed the 18-minute music video for Michael Jackson's "Bad," which includes both black and white and color photography, and was directed by Scorsese using a script by writer Richard Price.
In the early 1970s, Chapman was a cinematographer working with emerging directors such as John Cassavetes on Husbands, Alan J. Pakula on Klute, Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather, and Steven Spielberg on The Godfather. Jaw. "He learned from greats in cinematography like Gordon Willis and Bill Butler.
As a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Chapman also worked as a film director, including the Peter Gabriel concert film "Live in Athens 1987" and the feature films "The Cave Bear Clan" and "All the Right Moves". made his directorial debut with Tom Cruise in one of his breakout roles.
In 1975, Chapman received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programs for a special on "Death Not Be Proud." He won the National Society of Film Critics' award for Best Camera for "Raging Bull" in 1981 and received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.