'Raging Bull' Lenser Michael Chapman to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Honor
The two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer also worked on 'Taxi Driver,' 'The Fugitive' and 'Ghostbusters II.'
Michael Chapman, the cameraman who shot Martin Scorsese's classics Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, will receive this year's lifetime achievement honor at the Camerimage Film Festival, an event dedicated to the art of cinematography.
Chapman is best-known for his work with Scorsese — in addition to the two features, he also lensed Scorsese documentaries The Last Waltz and American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince —but following his pioneering work in the 1970s, he enjoyed a career in tentpole productions including The Fugitive, The Lost Boys and Ghostbusters II.
Chapman wrote himself into pop music history as the director of photography on Michael Jackson's groundbreaking music video Bad. He occasionally took on directing duties as well, starting with 1983 teen drama All The Right Moves, starring a young Tom Cruise, as well as on The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Viking Sagas.
Chapman was twice nominated for an Academy Award: in 1981 for his lensing of Raging Bull, and in 1994 for his work on The Fugitive. The American Society of Cinematographers presented Chapman with a lifetime achievement honor in 2004. His last work as a cinematographer was on Gabor Csupo's Bridge to Terabithia in 2007.
Champan will attend the Camerimage festival to receive his award and participate in panel discussions and workshops during the event, which runs from Nov. 12-19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.