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The Rock-itt : January 2010
Canadian filmmaker, James Cameron has done it all when it comes to directing. Oscars, Golden Globes, as well as the highest grossing movie of all time, an outsider looking in would struggle to find something he hasn't done. But despite all of his success, Cameron is determined to find new ways of making movies, and has exhibited what he believes is the future of filmmaking with his newest project 'Avatar'. Although well educated in natural sciences, from early on, Cameron yearned to be a screenwriter. He drove a truck to pay the bills as he wrote and honed his skills on the road, that's until he saw Star Wars in 1977, and quit his job immediately to enter the film industry, and as many directors do, used cheap cameras to make short films. As Cameron continued to learn, he landed a job as an art director on the sci-fi movie Battle Beyond the Stars, as well as some special effects work for some other smaller films. In 1981 he landed his first directorial role, Piranha Part 2, after the original director walked out. After shooting in Italy, Cameron entered the editor's room to find he would be working with non-English speaking Italians, and on top of working with a foreign speaking crew, the project was under-financed putting the director under total stress. So much so he claims to have had nightmares, one about a robot hit man from the future who tried to kill him, giving him the idea for his next film, which would catapult him into superstardom. After completing the screenplay for 'The Terminator', Cameron went on the search for a company to buy the script, with the condition he directed. But many were hesitant with giving a young director such responsibility. That's until he met with Pacific West Productions who bought the script for just 1 dollar. 'The Terminator' was a box office hit, smashing the predictions of the film company who just saw it as another sci-fi movie; it had a budget of 6.5 million dollars, but earned over 78 million worldwide as well as creating one of the most iconic one-liners in film history "I'll be back". Next up for Cameron was 'Aliens' the sequel to Ridley Scott's 'Alien'. It wasn't an easy time for Cameron on set that claimed that most of the crew were very cold towards him, believing he was no match to Ridley Scott. Tensions were high on set also with Cameron getting involved in a number of arguments with the cameramen as well as one of the lead actors with whom he ultimately replaced with Terminator star Michael Biehn. Despite all of this, Aliens was Cameron's second hit, being nominated and winning a great deal of awards and giving Notable Films Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Aliens, Titanic