Canadian Filmmaker. Specializing in his early futurist and science fiction films with a good dose of action and special effects, he was later the creator of Titanic (1997), a great blockbuster in which he combined the catastrophe of the shipwreck with a romantic story. The film equaled with its eleven Oscar to Ben-Hur and overtook Star Wars as the highest-grossing in history. Twelve years later, the director broke his own record with the 3D Avatar movie (2009), much less appreciated by critics.
James Cameron was the first of the five children of the marriage of Philip, an engineer, and Shirley, a nurse. According to his mother, Little James’ life changed when, in 1968, he attended the 2001 screening: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick, and discovered the genre of science fiction. In 1971, for labor reasons, Cameron settled in Orange County, California, where James made his studies at Fullerton College with his long hours in the library to read screenplays. He studied physics at California State University but was more able to pursue his passion for the seventh art and soon decided to start his film career.
The beginnings were not easy. While at night writing scripts and painting (he is a seasoned illustrator who makes his own storyboards), he was a truck driver and bus driver. In 1978 he married the waitress Sharon Williams, in which it would be the first of a series of failed relationships; Divorced in 1984. It was precisely in 1978 that he wrote and directed, with Randall Frakes, his first short, Xenogenesis. Although not released, the short film (twelve minutes long, with lots of animation, visual effects, and matte paintings) already showed some of the tricks that would characterize Cameron’s filmography and opened doors to the film industry as artistic director and supervisor Of special effects of Roger Corman (New World Pictures), facets that developed professionally for the first time in the film Magnificent seven of the space (1980).
Cameron’s first experience as a director of a feature film could not be more frustrating. Hired to shoot Piranhas 2: The Sea Vampires (1981), his disagreements with the producers led him to decide that from now on he would only direct films with scripts of his own. Three years later, he premiered Terminator (1984), a fast-paced futuristic production in which the muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger gave life to the Terminator T-800 cyborg. The film, low budget and produced by what would be his second wife between 1985 and 1989, Gale Anne Hurt, was a success of public and critic and won several awards, including the best makeup Saturn, the best science film Fiction and the best script. In 2008 he had the honor of being included in the National Library of the United States National Library.
Terminator, considered one of the films of the decade and a classic for its revolutionary special effects, would follow several titles that contributed to increasing its reputation. Aliens, the return (1986, director and screenwriter) won two Academy Awards (best visual effects and sound effects) and confirmed his reputation as one of the most accomplished directors of science fiction. But his next film, Abyss (1989, director and screenwriter), was a resounding commercial and critical failure.
He would return to success with the sequel Terminator 2: the final judgment (1991, director, screenwriter, and producer), a film in which for the first time he unleashed the immense possibilities of computer-generated special effects and was awarded Four Oscar (best visual effects, better sound, better makeup, and better sound editing). Cameron was also director and screenwriter for Raging Lies (1994) and, in parallel, executive producer of Le Call Bodhi (1991), a film directed by his then third wife, Kathryn Bigelow. This marriage did not work either, but the two filmmakers maintained a good professional relationship, as evidenced by the fact that, in 1995, the Canadian produced and signed the script for the director’s next film Strange Days.
James Cameron has a net worth of roundabout 700 million USD.
Appreciated already as a relevant figure within its preferred genres, James Cameron surprised later with a new record taking to the screen the tragedy of the Titanic. Director, scriptwriter and producer of the film, Cameron directed in Titanic (1997) a Hollywood-style blockbuster, which is similar to the catastrophes and romantic melodrama, and of unusual quality. Film epic perhaps more appropriate to the glorious times of epic cinema, this economically risky adventure (two of