Michael Chapman, 'Taxi Driver' Cinematographer, Kicks the bucket at 84

Michael Chapman, ‘Taxi Driver’ Cinematographer, Kicks the bucket at 84

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Cinematographer and director Michael Chapman, known for his unmistakable camera deal with Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Waltz,” kicked the bucket Sunday of congestive cardiovascular breakdown. He was 84.

Michael Chapman, 'The Fugitive' and 'Raging Bull' Cinematographer, Dies at 84
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His wife, screenwriter, and film director Amy Holden Jones’ Facebook page affirmed the updates on his demise, expressing: “Michael Chapman ASC, love of my whole grown-up life, has passed. Until we meet once more.”

A 2004 beneficiary of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Accomplishment Grant, Chapman dealt with such important film minutes as the bone-crunching enclosing activity Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), blood-turning sour shark assaults in Steven Spielberg’s breakout crush Jaws (1975), the heart-halting train crash in The Outlaw (1987), the spirit mixing last show by the Band in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz and the lively matching of Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes characters in Space Jam.

Conceived in New York City on November 21, 1935, Chapman had nearly 30 credits as director of photography, going from the 1974 Jack Nicholson pic The Last Detail to 2006’s Hoot. He filled in as a camera administrator prior to his profession, working pics including The Backup parent and Klute. His DP credits likewise incorporate Attack of the Body Snatchers, The Wanderers, The Lost Young men, Scrooged, Kindergarten Cop, Six Days Seven Evenings, Individual Best, and the Steve Martin starers Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains.

He likewise was the DP on Michael Jackson’s all-inclusive music video for “Bad,” the second of five straight No. 1 singles from the Lord of Pop’s 1987 album of a similar name. It was the late artist’s subsequent album to the record-breaking Thriller.

Chapman likewise had little functions in excess of twelve movies, a large portion of which he additionally shot, and coordinated the 1983 Tom Cruise film All the Right Moves and Daryl Hannah starrer The Tribe of The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986). He additionally helmed the show pic Diminish Gabriel: Live in Athens 1987, which was recorded at the height of the ex-Genesis singer’s solo popularity yet not delivered until 2013.

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