James Cameron
Film director
James Cameron
James Francis Cameron is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, visual artist, editor, environmentalist and inventor. His writing and directing work includes Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Dark Angel (2000–2002).
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Jessica Alba Was Told She Wasn't 'Caucasian Enough' To Be A Leading Lady
Huffington Post - 10 days
It’s been nearly two decades since Jessica Alba’s breakthrough role in James Cameron’s series “Dark Angel,” but landing a lead on television was no easy task. The star recently sat down for PopSugar’s “Pretty Unfiltered” series to discuss her Latina heritage, her company The Honest Company and her experiences in the entertainment industry. In the video, Alba described how the industry tried to box her in.  “They couldn’t figure out my ethnicity,” Alba, whose father is of Mexican descent, told the website. “They were like, ‘You’re not Latin enough to play a Latina, and you’re not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady, so you’re going to be the ‘exotic’ one.’ Whatever that was.” Alba said that while she struggled with being defined in any specific way when it came to roles, it motivated her to succeed in front of the camera.  “That was kind of a weird thing to wrestle with because I never had to look at myself that way or had to stick myself in a bucket, ...
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Emma Watts named vice chairman at 20th Century Fox Film
LATimes - 11 days
As president of production at 20th Century Fox, Emma Watts has overseen numerous movie releases during her tenure, including James Cameron’s “Avatar,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and blockbuster franchises like “Planet of the Apes” and “X-Men.” Watts is now set to take on more duties and step higher...
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James Cameron Defends Jack's Death in 'Titanic' Ending
ABC News - 20 days
James Cameron talks about that final scene with Rose.
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The MovieFilm Podcast: <i>The Founder</i>, <i>xXx</i>, and <i>Split</i>
Huffington Post - 26 days
The boys are back with lots of new releases to unpack! Hear our quick takes on The Founder, Live by Night, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and Split, and then listen as we discuss the Oscar and Razzie nominations, news that the long-anticipated Neil Blomkamp's Aliens sequel may be dead while the Terminator franchise may be roaring back to life with creator James Cameron involved. Also: Our thoughts on the new trailers for Power Rangers and CHiPs, and the title for this year's Star Wars: Episode VIII! Lots to listen for, and you can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Take A Peek Inside Disney's Magical 'Avatar' Attraction Coming This Summer
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Leave it to Disney to give fans everywhere a holiday present. On Christmas Day, the company released a video sneak peak of “Pandora: The World of Avatar,” a new themed land that will open this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In the video above, viewers can see how James Cameron and Disney’s chief engineers managed to make Pandora a reality, which was no easy task.  “It’s a stunning amount of innovation to make one believable world ― Pandora,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president of creative at Walt Disney Imagineering. The attraction includes a ride that will make visitors feel like they’re flying on Banshee creatures and take them on a river ride through a stunning bioluminescent forest, giving the park a sparkly glow that will light up the area. Check out the video above to learn more about the theme park. It’s sure to excite fans eagerly awaiting the film franchise’s 2018 sequel release. -- This feed and ...
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Slapping an iPhone on an HTC Vive controller turns it into an awesome VR camera
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The iPhone is a pretty useful little tool for lots of different creative endeavors. It's a great still camera, it shoots some pretty spectacular video, and there's plenty of editing tools available on the device as well. What it hasn't really been well known for is its usefulness in virtual reality, but that may be about to change. VR guru and game trailer creator Kert Gartner just combined an iPhone and an HTC Vive controller to create an awesome VR camera rig that looks like a blast to play with. If you've ever wondered how game makers working in rendered environments get the camera to behave like they want, the answer is that it isn't always easy. Shooting video from within a game, or even a 3D animated movie can be a challenge due to the fact that the virtual camera can't be physically held in the same way a real one can. By using an HTC Vive controller for positional tracking, some open source software, and an iPhone, Gartner is able to move around and film a virtual space just as ...
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Passengers is the new Titanic, but way worse
Yahoo News - 2 months
Passengers is a creepy, disturbing movie that’s different from James Cameron’s massively popular 1997 film Titanic in a lot of ways. Passengers features one decent character who is ripped from suspended animation (effectively dooming her to die of old age on a spaceship) by one terrible character who wants to have sex with her. Another difference between the two movies is that Passengers doesn’t have a Celine Dion song.
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Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk - the First Flight' misses what's great about Cirque or 'Avatar'
LATimes - 4 months
James Cameron’s “Avatar” is a movie that everyone saw, but no one can remember. Go ahead: Try and call to mind any character’s name. Maybe you summoned Jake Sully, the disabled human played by Sam Worthington, who traveled to the distant moon Pandora, which is inhabited by a race of tribal blue...
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Cirque du Soleil leaps into new era, aims to land in China with help from 'Avatar'
LATimes - 4 months
In the climax of “Toruk,” the new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster “Avatar,” a Na’vi adolescent with blue skin and a thrashing tail learns to conquer his failures as a warrior to become the first of his clan to tame a flying toruk — a giant winged predator — and...
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Celeb-packed 'Years of Living Dangerously' wants to make climate change a voting issue
Yahoo News - 4 months
The 2016 U.S. presidential election has been memorable for many reasons, but a nuanced discussion about climate change isn't one of them. With just weeks to go before election day, the producers of the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously said they are hoping to break the climate silence with the premiere of the show's second season on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Leonardo DiCaprio's new film 'Before the Flood' says we can fix global warming The first season, which won a 2014 Emmy Award, was the highest profile program on climate change since Al Gore's groundbreaking 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth .  The Showtime series paired celebrity correspondents with climate scientists and grassroots activists to highlight the threats that a warming planet poses to families and ecosystems worldwide. Season 2 of Years will air on a new outlet, the National Geographic Channel, and will have a stronger focus on renewable energy solutions. David Gelber, who created the show with Joel Bach, sai ...
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Hollywood big guns among crowd at swearing in of new Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy - Stuff.co.nz
Google News - 5 months
Stuff.co.nz Hollywood big guns among crowd at swearing in of new Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy Stuff.co.nz Dame Patsy Reddy has been officially sworn in as New Zealand's 21st Governor-General at a ceremony in Wellington. Hundreds of people, including film-makers Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron, were at Parliament's grounds on Wednesday morning. 'Astonishingly talented' - Hollywood heavyweight gives his verdict on our new Governor-GeneralNew Zealand Herald Celebrating diversity, culture and the achievements of womenScoop.co.nz (press release) All Reddy to be Governor GeneralRadio New Zealand Newstalk ZB -Newshub all 7 news articles »
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James Cameron talks 'Avatar' sequels, Cirque du Soleil show
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — The first "Avatar" sequel is still years away from hitting movie theaters, but fans of the blue-hued Na'vi can get their fix at a touring Cirque du Soleil show that James Cameron helped create — without his having to reveal too much of what's up his cinematic sleeve.
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Art As A Medium For Action
Huffington Post - 6 months
When I was contacted by Cinthia Willaman about participating in an art exhibition envisioned by her and Gyunel Rustamova that would focus on conservation issues, and social justice, I responded with a resounding yes. My personal belief is that art should reflect the truths of the time it is created in. To me art is an incisive cultural weapon that should be wielded responsibly to raise public awareness and empathy toward marginalized concerns and insufficiently documented glocal realities. Art can empower collective welfare when it incites action. Naturally a show with a collective of contemporary creative minds who comprehended the arts as a medium for action and catalyst for change was right up my alley. I decided to focus on the issue of 'plastic pollution.' Consequently I will be showcasing the Message in a Bottle installation and debuting a marine debris composed, mixed media painting at this collective. The installation is composed of individual plastic bottles that hav ...
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'Everybody showed up': James Cameron on the special bond of the 'Aliens' cast 30 years later
LATimes - 7 months
Live from Comic-Con 2016: Brie Larson is Captain Marvel and Kurt Russell is joining 'Guardians of the Galaxy' July 23, 2016, 9:30 p.m. San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, delighting super fans with surprises (Brie Larson is Captain Marvel!), teasers (looking at you "Game of Thrones" and "The...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Cameron
  • 2016
    Age 61
    In 2016, Cameron partnered with Tourism New Zealand to produce a series of videos that expressed his love for the country.
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  • 2015
    Age 60
    Critical, public and commercial reception to films James Cameron has directed as of May 7, 2015.
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    In a 2015 interview together, actresses Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis, who both worked with Cameron, commented very positively on him.
    More Details Hide Details Curtis stated, "the truth is he can do every other job acting. I'm talking about every single department, from art direction to props to wardrobe to cameras, he knows more than everyone doing the job." Weaver answered "There are very few geniuses in the world, let alone in our business, and he's certainly one of them." She also said, "he's misunderstood in the industry, somewhat. He is so generous to actors." Cameron received the inaugural Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1992 for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Avatar would be a finalist in 2010). Cameron did not receive any major mainstream filmmaking awards prior to Titanic. For Titanic he won several including Academy Awards for Best Picture (shared with Jon Landau), Best Director and Best Film Editing (shared with Conrad Buff and Richard A. Harris). Cameron is one of the few filmmakers to win three Oscars in a single evening and Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.
    However, on January 14, 2015, Cameron announced that the release dates for the three sequels were each delayed a year with the first sequel scheduled to be released in December 2017.
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  • 2014
    Age 59
    In 2014, Cameron was the keynote speaker at the first annual Fame and Philanthropy, a charity fundraiser which raised money for several high-profile celebrity charities.
    More Details Hide Details Cameron was one of several guest speakers at the event along with Charlize Theron and Halle Berry.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In 2012, Cameron, his wife and his children adopted a vegan diet.
    More Details Hide Details Cameron explains that "By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world". When asked what's the best thing an individual can do to fight climate change, Cameron said, "Stop eating animals." In 2006 Cameron's wife co-founded MUSE School, in 2015 the school became the first K-12 vegan school in the United States. Cameron's directorial style has provided great influence throughout the film industry. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Joss Whedon stated that Cameron's approach to action scenes was influential to those in The Avengers. Whedon also admired Cameron's ability of writing female characters such as Ellen Ripley. He also cited Cameron as "the leader and the teacher and the Yoda". Michael Bay considers Cameron an idol and was convinced by him to use 3D in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Cameron's approach to 3D also inspired Baz Luhrmann to use it in The Great Gatsby. Other directors that have drawn inspiration from Cameron include Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp and Quentin Tarantino.
    On March 26, 2012, Cameron reached the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench.
    More Details Hide Details He spent more than three hours exploring the ocean floor before returning to the surface. Cameron is the first person to accomplish the trip solo. He was preceded by unmanned dives in 1995 and 2009 and by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh, who were the first men to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench aboard the Bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960. Cameron has made a three-dimensional film of his dive. During his dive to the Challenger Deep, the data he collected resulted in interesting new finds in the field of marine biology, including new species of sea cucumber, squid worm, and giant single-celled amoeba, which are exciting finds due to the harshness of the environment. Cameron is also one of the two men in history to stand on Challenger Deep.
    On March 7, 2012, Cameron took the Deepsea Challenger submersible to the bottom of the New Britain Trench in a five-mile-deep solo dive.
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    In June 2010, Cameron met in Washington with the EPA to discuss possible solutions to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill.
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    Cameron met with Yamaguchi just days before he died in 2010.
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    Avatar's success made Cameron the highest earner in Hollywood for 2010, netting him $257 million as reported by Vanity Fair.
    More Details Hide Details Disney announced in September 2011 that it would adapt James Cameron's film Avatar into Pandora–The World of Avatar, a themed area at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Cameron served as the executive producer of Sanctum, a film detailing the expedition of a team of underwater cave divers who find themselves trapped in a cave, their exit blocked and with no known way to reach the surface either in person or by radio contact. In the mid-1990s, Cameron announced that he would make a Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Spider-Man and Arnold Schwarzenegger starring as Doc Ock. However, the project was cancelled and dropped by Cameron, but his script was rewritten by David Koepp for the 2002 movie Spider-Man, of Sam Raimi. In August 2013, Cameron announced his intention to film three sequels to Avatar simultaneously, to be released in December 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    Both Cameron (Avatar) and Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) were nominated for the Oscar, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award for Best Director for films released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Cameron won the Golden Globe, while Bigelow won the Oscar and the BAFTA for Best Director, becoming the first woman to win either. Cameron is a member of the NASA Advisory Council and is working on the project to put cameras on an upcoming manned Mars mission. Cameron has also given speeches and raised money for the Mars Society, a non-profit organization lobbying for the colonization of Mars. Cameron became an expert on deep-sea exploration in conjunction with his research and underwater filming for The Abyss (1989) and Titanic (1997).
  • 2007
    Age 52
    Cameron announced on February 26, 2007, that he, along with his director, Simcha Jacobovici, have documented the unearthing of the Talpiot Tomb, which is alleged to be the tomb of Jesus.
    More Details Hide Details Unearthed in 1981 by Israeli construction workers, the names on the tomb are claimed, in the documentary, to correlate with the names of Jesus and several individuals closely associated with him. The documentary, named The Lost Tomb of Jesus, was broadcast on the Discovery Channel on March 4, 2007. As a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Cameron re-investigated the sinking of the Titanic with eight experts in 2012. The investigation was featured in the TV documentary special Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron, which premiered on April 8 on the National Geographic Channel. In the conclusion of the analysis, the consensus revised the CGI animation of the sinking conceived in 1995.
  • 2006
    Age 51
    In December 2006, Cameron explained that the delay in producing the film since the 1990s had been to wait until the technology necessary to create his project was advanced enough, since at the time no studio would finance for the development of the visual effects.
    More Details Hide Details The film was originally scheduled to be released in May 2009 but was pushed back to December 2009 to allow more time for post-production on the complex CGI and to give more time for theatres worldwide to install 3D projectors. Cameron originally intended Avatar to be 3D-only. Avatar broke several box office records during its initial theatrical run. It grossed $749.7 million in the United States and Canada and more than $2.74 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time in the United States and Canada, surpassing Cameron's Titanic. Avatar also became the first movie to ever earn more than $2 billion worldwide. Including revenue from the re-release of Avatar featuring extended footage, it grossed $760.5 million in the United States and Canada and more than $2.78 billion worldwide. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
    However, in February 2006, he switched goals for the two film projects and decided to film Avatar first.
    More Details Hide Details He mentioned that if both films were successful, he would be interested in seeing a trilogy being made for both. Avatar had an estimated budget of over $300 million and was released on December 18, 2009. This marked his first feature film since 1997's Titanic. It is composed almost entirely of computer-generated animation, using a more-advanced version of the "performance capture" technique used by director Robert Zemeckis in The Polar Express. James Cameron had written an 80-page scriptment for Avatar in 1995 and announced in 1996 that he would make the film after completing Titanic.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    In June 2005, Cameron was announced to be working on a project tentatively titled "Project 880" (now known to be Avatar) in parallel with another project, Alita: Battle Angel (an adaptation of the manga series Battle Angel Alita).
    More Details Hide Details Both movies were to be shot in 3D. By December, Cameron stated that he wanted to film Battle Angel first, followed by Avatar.
  • 2004
    Age 49
    In recognition of his contributions to underwater filming and remote vehicle technology, the University of Southampton awarded Cameron the honorary degree of Doctor of the University. Cameron did not attend the Engineering Sciences graduation ceremony in July 2004 where the degree was awarded but instead received it in person at the National Oceanography Centre.
    More Details Hide Details On June 3, 2008, it was announced that he would be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. On December 18, 2009, the same day Avatar was released worldwide, Cameron received the 2,396th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After the release of Avatar, on February 28, 2010, Cameron was also honored with a Visual Effects Society (VES) Lifetime Achievement Award. For Avatar, Cameron won numerous awards as well, including: Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama (shared with Jon Landau) and Best Director. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing (shared with John Refoua and Stephen E. Rivkin). However, Cameron and Avatar lost to his former wife Kathryn Bigelow and her film, The Hurt Locker. On September 24, 2010, James Cameron was named Number 1 in The 2010 Guardian Film Power 100 list. In a list compiled by the British magazine New Statesman in September 2010, he was listed 30th in the list of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010".
    Cameron applied for American citizenship in 2004 but withdrew his application after George W. Bush won the presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Cameron calls himself "Converted Agnostic", and says "I've sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism". As a child he described the Lord's Prayer as being a "tribal chant". In June 2013, British artist Roger Dean filed a legal action at a court in New York against Cameron. Dean accused Cameron of "wilful and deliberate copying, dissemination and exploitation" of his original images, relating to Cameron's 2009 film Avatar and sought damages of $50m. Dean subsequently lost the case. Early in 2014, Cameron purchased the Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery in Courtenay, British Columbia, at a price of $2.7 million, as well as a number of other businesses in the area, including cattle ranching operations, to pursue his passion for sustainable agribusiness.
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In a 2003 interview about his IMAX 2D documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, he mentioned that he is "going to do everything in 3D now".
    More Details Hide Details He has made similar statements in other interviews. Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep (also an IMAX documentary) were both shot in 3-D and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, and Cameron did the same for his new project, Avatar for 20th Century Fox & Sony Pictures' Columbia Pictures. He intends to use the same technology for The Dive, Sanctum and an adaptation of the manga series Battle Angel Alita. Cameron was the co-founder and CEO of Digital Domain, a visual-effects production and technology company. In addition, he plans to create a 3-D project about the first trip to Mars. ("I've been very interested in the Humans to Mars movement—the 'Mars Underground'—and I've done a tremendous amount of personal research for a novel, a miniseries, and a 3-D film.") He is on the science team for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    He was a producer on the 2002 film Solaris, and narrated The Exodus Decoded.
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  • 2000
    Age 45
    He married Amis in 2000, and they have one son and two daughters.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    In 1998 James and John David Cameron formed a digital media company, earthship.tv, which became Earthship Productions.
    More Details Hide Details The company produced live multimedia documentaries from the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With Earthship Productions, John Cameron's recent projects have included undersea documentaries on the (Expedition: Bismarck, 2002) and the (Ghosts of the Abyss (2003, in IMAX 3D) and Tony Robinson's Titanic Adventure (2005)).
    The CG visuals surrounding the sinking and destruction of the ship were considered spectacular. Despite criticism during production of the film, it received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations (tied with All About Eve) at the 1998 Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details It won 11 Oscars (also tying the record for most Oscar wins with Ben-Hur and later The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Original Song. Upon receiving the Best Director Oscar, Cameron exclaimed, "I'm king of the world!", in reference to one of the main characters' lines from the film. After receiving the Best Picture Oscar along with Jon Landau, Cameron asked for a moment of silence for the 1,500 men, women, and children who died when the ship sank. In March 2010, Cameron revealed that Titanic would be re-released in 3D in April 2012, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the real ship. On March 27, 2012, Cameron attended the world première with Kate Winslet at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Following the re-release, Titanic's domestic total was pushed to $658.6 million and more than $2.18 billion worldwide. It became the second film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide (the first being Avatar).
  • 1986
    Age 31
    Composer James Horner refused to work with Cameron for a decade following their strained working relationship on 1986's Aliens.
    More Details Hide Details They eventually settled their differences, and Horner went on to score both Titanic and Avatar. An episode of South Park from its 16th season depicted the director as being self-obsessed. He is seen going deep sea diving while playing his own theme song and appearing oblivious to his overtly bored ship's crew. However, the episode also credits him for "raising the bar" on entertainment.
  • 1985
    Age 30
    Hurd and Cameron were married from 1985 to 1989.
    More Details Hide Details For the role of the Terminator, Cameron envisioned a man who was not exceptionally muscular, who could "blend into" a crowd. Lance Henriksen, who had starred in Piranha II: The Spawning, was considered for the title role, but when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cameron first met over lunch to discuss Schwarzenegger's playing the role of Kyle Reese, both came to the conclusion that the cyborg villain would be the more compelling role for the Austrian bodybuilder; Henriksen got the smaller part of LAPD detective Hal Vukovich and the role of Kyle Reese went to Michael Biehn. In addition, Linda Hamilton first appeared in this film in her iconic role of Sarah Connor, and later married Cameron. The Terminator was a box-office hit, breaking expectations by Orion Pictures executives that the film would be regarded as no more than a sci-fi film and only last a week in theaters. It was a low-budget film which cost $6.5 million to make, cutting expenses in such ways as recording the audio track in mono. However, The Terminator eventually earned over $78 million worldwide.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Cameron was hired as the special effects director for the sequel to Piranha, entitled Piranha II: The Spawning in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The original director, Miller Drake, left the project due to creative differences with producer Ovidio Assonitis, who then gave Cameron his first job as director. The interior scenes were filmed in Rome, Italy, while the underwater sequences were shot at Grand Cayman Island. The movie was to be produced in Jamaica. On location, production slowed due to numerous problems and adverse weather. James Cameron was fired after failing to get a close up of Carole Davis in her opening scene. Ovidio ordered Cameron to do the close-up the next day before he started on that day's shooting. Cameron spent the entire day sailing around the resort to reproduce the lighting but still failed to get the close-up. After he was fired, Ovidio invited Cameron to stay on location and assist in the shooting. Once in Rome, Ovidio took over the editing when Cameron was stricken with food poisoning. During his illness, Cameron had a nightmare about an invincible robot hitman sent from the future to kill him, giving him the idea for The Terminator, which later catapulted his film career.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    He then became a production assistant on a film called Rock and Roll High School, though uncredited, in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details While continuing to educate himself in film-making techniques, Cameron started working as a miniature-model maker at Roger Corman Studios. Making rapidly produced, low-budget productions taught Cameron to work efficiently and effectively. He soon found employment as an art director in the sci-fi movie Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). He did special effects work design and direction on John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981), acted as production designer on Galaxy of Terror (1981), and consulted on the design of Android (1982).
  • 1977
    Age 22
    Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry after seeing Star Wars in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details When Cameron read Syd Field's book Screenplay, it occurred to him that integrating science and art was possible, and he wrote a 10-minute science-fiction script with two friends, titled Xenogenesis. They raised money, rented camera, lenses, film stock and studio then shot it in 35mm. They dismantled the camera to understand how to operate it and spent the first half-day of the shoot trying to figure out how to get it running. He was the director, writer, producer, and production designer for Xenogenesis (1978).
  • 1974
    Age 19
    He switched to English, then dropped out before the start of the fall 1974 semester.
    More Details Hide Details Next, he worked several jobs, including as a truck driver, writing when he had time. During this period he taught himself about special effects: "I'd go down to the USC library and pull any thesis that graduate students had written about optical printing, or front screen projection, or dye transfers, anything that related to film technology. That way I could sit down and read it, and if they'd let me photocopy it, I would. If not, I'd make notes."
  • 1973
    Age 18
    Cameron enrolled at Fullerton College, a two-year community college, in 1973 to study physics.
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  • 1971
    Age 16
    Cameron grew up in Chippawa, Ontario, and attended Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His family moved to Brea, California in 1971, when Cameron was 17 years old.
    More Details Hide Details He dropped out of Sonora High School, then attended Brea Olinda High School to further his secondary education.
  • 1954
    Cameron was born in 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, the son of Shirley (née Lowe), an artist and nurse, and Phillip Cameron, an electrical engineer.
    More Details Hide Details His paternal great-great-great-grandfather emigrated from Balquhidder, Scotland, in 1825.
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