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Michael Chapman (I) (1935–2020)

Michael Chapman is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Fugitive (1993), and Primal Fear (1996). Chapman began his film career as a camera operator before making the leap to cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he became famous for his two collaborations with Martin Scorsese. He was also ... See full bio »

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Raging Bull Cinematographer
The Fugitive Cinematographer
Taxi Driver Cinematographer
Evolution Cinematographer


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 2007 Bridge to Terabithia (director of photography)
 2006 Hoot (director of photography)
 2004 Suspect Zero (director of photography)
 2004 Eulogy (director of photography)
 2004 House of D (director of photography)
 2003 Michael Jackson: Number Ones (Video documentary) (video "Bad")
 2001 Evolution (director of photography)
 2000/I The Watcher (director of photography)
 1999 The White River Kid (director of photography)
 1999 The Story of Us (director of photography)
 1998 Six Days Seven Nights (director of photography)
 1996 Space Jam (director of photography)
 1996 Primal Fear (director of photography)
 1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video) (segment "Bad")
 1993 Rising Sun (director of photography)
 1993 The Fugitive (director of photography)
 1992 Baroque Duet (TV Movie documentary) (director of photography: Performance)
 1992 Whispers in the Dark (director of photography)
 1991 Doc Hollywood (director of photography)
 1990 Kindergarten Cop (director of photography)
 1990 Quick Change (director of photography)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (director of photography)
 1988 Scrooged (director of photography)
 1988 Gotham (TV Movie)
 1988 Shoot to Kill (director of photography)
 1987 Michael Jackson: Bad (Music Video) (director of photography)
 1987 The Lost Boys (director of photography)
 1983 The Man with Two Brains (director of photography)
 1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (director of photography)
 1982 Personal Best (director of photography)
 1980 Raging Bull (director of photography)
 1980 Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (TV Special) (Director of Photography)
 1979 The Wanderers (director of photography)
 1979 Hardcore (director of photography)
 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (director of photography)
 1978 American Boy: A Profile of - Steven Prince (Documentary) (director of photography)
 1978 The Last Waltz (Documentary) (director of photography)
 1978 Fingers (director of photography)
 1978 King (TV Mini Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
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 1976 The Next Man (as M. Chapman, camera)
 1976 The Front (director of photography)
 1976 Taxi Driver (director of photography)
 1975 Death Be Not Proud (TV Movie)
 1974 The White Dawn (director of photography)
 1973 The Last Detail (director of photography)
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Other Works:

Director of photography for Michael Jackson music video "Bad" (1987).

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Alternate Names:

M. Chapman | Mike Chapman


Amy Holden Jones  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

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The unique thing about acting on film is that you simply can't fake it. You have to become whomever you are portraying. Otherwise, the camera sees it every time. The other thing is that it's on film. If an actor in a live theater has a bad night, there's always tomorrow. That's not true with film. All of this is also true for the director of photography. You can't fake it. And once you've rolled ... See more »


Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1995. See more »

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