History Creator / JamesCameron

9th May '17 11:25:02 PM Golondrina
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Cameron next worked on a sequel to Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Alien}}'', a film he was a big fan of. While filming in England, he repeatedly clashed with the crew, who considered him a poor substitute for Scott, especially over their practice of taking regular breaks that slowed down production and their taunting of his wife's role as producer. This caused initial cinematographer [[UnfortunateNames Dick Bush]] to be fired after about a month over CreativeDifferences, to be replaced by Adrian Biddle. The dispute culminated in a walkout after Cameron fired a cameraman due to a clash over lighting the xenomorph nest [[note]]said cameraman thought it would be a brilliant idea to have the nest really bright and visible and ruin the suspense[[/note]]; Cameron's wife managed to persuade the crew to return to work. These repeated disruptions forced the crew to work at a breakneck pace to finish the film before its release date, and composer JamesHorner was forced to write the score without seeing the completed film and record it in an outdated studio in about four days. Due to the lack of time, Horner was forced to reuse some motifs from previous scores, and Cameron had to hack it in editing to match the film without any input because Horner was busy elsewhere.

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Cameron next worked on a sequel to Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Alien}}'', a film he was a big fan of. While filming in England, he repeatedly clashed with the crew, who considered him a poor substitute for Scott, especially over their practice of taking regular breaks that slowed down production and their taunting of his wife's role as producer. This caused initial cinematographer [[UnfortunateNames Dick Bush]] to be fired after about a month over CreativeDifferences, to be replaced by Adrian Biddle. The dispute culminated in a walkout after Cameron fired a cameraman due to a clash over lighting the xenomorph nest [[note]]said cameraman thought it would be a brilliant idea to have the nest really bright and visible and ruin the suspense[[/note]]; Cameron's wife managed to persuade the crew to return to work. These repeated disruptions forced the crew to work at a breakneck pace to finish the film before its release date, and composer JamesHorner Music/JamesHorner was forced to write the score without seeing the completed film and record it in an outdated studio in about four days. Due to the lack of time, Horner was forced to reuse some motifs from previous scores, and Cameron had to hack it in editing to match the film without any input because Horner was busy elsewhere.
20th Apr '17 7:22:55 PM JWEdwards
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During the predictably torturous filming of ''Piranha Part Two'', Cameron had a nightmare about a chrome-plated torso crawling out of a fire. Based on this, he wrote the script for ''Film/TheTerminator'', lifting story material from Creator/HarlanEllison's ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' stories "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier." When no production company wanted to let him direct, Cameron founded Helmdale Productions and persuaded Orion Pictures to distribute the film. A relatively low-budget film at $6.5 million, ''The Terminator'' became a success, grossing a total of $78 million worldwide while gathering positive reviews and providing a BreakthroughHit for the creator and a [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] for Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as the titular murderous cyborg. Meanwhile, Ellison noticed the plagiarism and successfully sued for some money and an acknowledgment in the film's credits. Meanwhile Cameron was involved in writing a draft for ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', which was heavily modified for the film.

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During the predictably torturous filming of ''Piranha Part Two'', Cameron had a nightmare about a chrome-plated torso crawling out of a fire. Based on this, he wrote the script for ''Film/TheTerminator'', lifting story material from Creator/HarlanEllison's ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' stories "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier." When no production company wanted to let him direct, Cameron founded Helmdale Productions and his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd (a producer who also got her start with Corman) persuaded Orion Pictures to distribute the film.film, with financial backing by Hemdale Film Corporation. A relatively low-budget film at $6.5 million, ''The Terminator'' became a success, grossing a total of $78 million worldwide while gathering positive reviews and providing a BreakthroughHit for the creator and a [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] for Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as the titular murderous cyborg. Meanwhile, Ellison noticed the plagiarism and successfully sued for some money and an acknowledgment in the film's credits. Meanwhile Cameron was involved in writing a draft for ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', which was heavily modified for the film.
15th Feb '17 6:58:28 AM Morgenthaler
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Cameron did not make a movie for twelve years after ''Titanic''. Instead, he created the TV series ''DarkAngel'', filmed various undersea documentaries and produced the 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}''. He returned to film in 2009 with the science fiction epic ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which has surpassed ''Titanic'' by becoming the first film to earn over ''$2'' billion at the box office. Despite some controversy over the film's political stance, not to mention a plot that is fairly easy to predict (and a BrokenBase over whether that is a good thing or not), he is currently working on sequels for ''Avatar'', in addition to messing around with, of all things, '''[[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]'''. He broke the record for traveling down to the lowest altitude on Earth.

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Cameron did not make a movie for twelve years after ''Titanic''. Instead, he created the TV series ''DarkAngel'', ''Series/DarkAngel'', filmed various undersea documentaries and produced the 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}''. He returned to film in 2009 with the science fiction epic ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which has surpassed ''Titanic'' by becoming the first film to earn over ''$2'' billion at the box office. Despite some controversy over the film's political stance, not to mention a plot that is fairly easy to predict (and a BrokenBase over whether that is a good thing or not), he is currently working on sequels for ''Avatar'', in addition to messing around with, of all things, '''[[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]'''. He broke the record for traveling down to the lowest altitude on Earth.
20th Jan '17 3:32:27 PM Taskmaster123
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** ''However,'' while it has been noted that certain actors keep popping up in Cameron's films, if you pay attention to the end credits you will notice recurring names among the crew as well. It's natural over his long career that Cameron has developed a regular group of professionals that he prefers to work with because they know what he wants, take his temper in stride, don't take his tirades personally, and do everything they can to make the film the way he envisioned it.
15th Dec '16 3:36:33 PM KingClark
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Cameron's films have certain common traits, such as: a ProductionPosse consisting of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MichaelBiehn, Linda Hamilton, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Creator/StanWinston [[note]]A lifelong friend, he was the genius puppeteer and makeup master who helped bring James' Terminators and Alien Queen to life.[[/note]];, the threat of nuclear war; the interaction between humanity and technology; shiny glowy aliens; [[ActionGirl strong female characters]]; and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers titles starting with either A or T.]] He is also infamous for his temper and dictatorial filming style (the crew on some of his movies wore t-shirts reading "You can't scare me, I work for Jim Cameron"), along with his tendency to go way over-budget and over-schedule during production.

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Cameron's films have certain common traits, such as: a ProductionPosse consisting of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MichaelBiehn, Linda Hamilton, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Creator/StanWinston [[note]]A lifelong friend, he was the genius puppeteer and makeup master who helped bring James' Terminators and Alien Queen to life.[[/note]];, [[/note]]; the threat of nuclear war; the interaction between humanity and technology; shiny glowy aliens; [[ActionGirl strong female characters]]; and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers titles starting with either A or T.]] He is also infamous for his temper and dictatorial filming style (the crew on some of his movies wore t-shirts reading "You can't scare me, I work for Jim Cameron"), along with his tendency to go way over-budget and over-schedule during production.
15th Dec '16 3:30:38 PM KingClark
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Cameron did not make a movie for twelve years after ''Titanic''. Instead, he created the TV series ''DarkAngel'', filmed various undersea documentaries and produced the 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}''. He returned to film in 2009 with the science fiction epic ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which has surpassed ''Titanic'' by becoming the first film to earn over ''$2'' billion at the box office. Despite some controversy over the film's political stance, not to mention a plot that is fairly easy to predict (and a BrokenBase over whether that is a good thing or not), he is currently working on sequels for ''Avatar'', the first due out in 2016, in addition to messing around with, of all things, '''[[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]'''. He broke the record for traveling down to the lowest altitude on Earth.

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Cameron did not make a movie for twelve years after ''Titanic''. Instead, he created the TV series ''DarkAngel'', filmed various undersea documentaries and produced the 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}''. He returned to film in 2009 with the science fiction epic ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which has surpassed ''Titanic'' by becoming the first film to earn over ''$2'' billion at the box office. Despite some controversy over the film's political stance, not to mention a plot that is fairly easy to predict (and a BrokenBase over whether that is a good thing or not), he is currently working on sequels for ''Avatar'', the first due out in 2016, in addition to messing around with, of all things, '''[[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]'''. He broke the record for traveling down to the lowest altitude on Earth.
11th Dec '16 5:16:18 AM Xtifr
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'''James Francis Cameron''' (born 16 August 1954) is a UsefulNotes/{{Canad|a}}ian director, producer and screenwriter famous for the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' and the blockbusters ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', [[CanadaEh eh?]] He also has a reputation for being a tyrant on the set of his films, earning him the nickname '''Iron Jim''', but one certainly can't argue with the results.

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'''James James Francis Cameron''' Cameron (born 16 August 1954) is a UsefulNotes/{{Canad|a}}ian director, producer and screenwriter famous for the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' and the blockbusters ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', [[CanadaEh eh?]] He also has a reputation for being a tyrant on the set of his films, earning him the nickname '''Iron Jim''', "Iron Jim", but one certainly can't argue with the results.
27th Nov '16 5:39:24 AM darkchiefy
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* ColorWash: Cameron tends to use a strong blue tint when scenes are supposed to be set at night. It allows the scene to be strongly lit so that the audience can see everything, but give the indication of darkness.
25th Oct '16 3:11:47 PM jameygamer
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* PrimaDonnaDirector: One of the most infamous cinematic examples. ''The Abyss'' and ''Titanic'' had plenty of crewmen getting sick, Ed Harris punched Cameron in the face after he nearly drowned while Cameron continued shooting, Kate Winslet said she only works again with him for 'a lot of money'... and [[SourSupporter the crew]] often expressed their "admiration" with {{Fun T Shirt}}s, such as "You can't scare me, I work for James Cameron" (as early as ''The Terminator''), "[[{{Pun}} Life's]] [[Film/TheAbyss Abyss]], and then you die", "This film would have been easier to shoot on the Moon" and "Alien\Terminator 3? Not with me!".

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* PrimaDonnaDirector: One of the most infamous cinematic examples. ''The Abyss'' and ''Titanic'' had plenty of crewmen getting sick, Ed Harris punched Cameron in the face after he nearly drowned while Cameron continued shooting, Kate Winslet said she only works again with him for 'a lot of money'... and [[SourSupporter the crew]] often expressed their "admiration" with {{Fun T Shirt}}s, such as "You can't scare me, I work for James Cameron" (as early as ''The Terminator''), "Jim's a hands-on director. I have the bruises to prove it", "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. But the actors were tossed around like Styrofoam cups" (both from ''Titanic''), "[[{{Pun}} Life's]] [[Film/TheAbyss Abyss]], and then you die", "This film would have been easier to shoot on the Moon" and "Alien\Terminator 3? Not with me!".
19th Oct '16 8:45:00 PM jameygamer
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The director's next major project was a movie based on the sinking of the ''Titanic'', a subject he had been interested in for a long time. Thanks to his obsessive [[ShownTheirWork attention to detail]], the production ran massively overbudget and overschedule. Eventually released in December 1997, ''Titanic'' became the film with the largest box office gross in history, and the first film ever to bring in more than $1 billion in ticket gross. The movie also won Cameron his first Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture. However, this movie is the LoveItOrHateIt entry in Cameron's body of work, polarizing fans severely, which gets worse if one is a fan of the ''Terminator'' films and ''Aliens''. The result is a real BrokenBase, largely between the OldGuardVersusNewBlood of fandom - fans of his previous sci-fi action movies on the one hand, and the younger, more female audience he attracted that wasn't familliar with his previous works on the other. The film has since become practically DeaderThanDisco for its [[{{Melodrama}} melodramatic]], sentimentalism and [[RomanticPlotTumor excessive focus on the romantic aspect of the story]], only useful as a target for parodies and jokes.

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The director's next major project was a movie based on the sinking of the ''Titanic'', a subject he had been interested in for a long time. Thanks to his obsessive [[ShownTheirWork attention to detail]], the production ran massively overbudget and overschedule. Eventually released in December 1997, ''Titanic'' became the film with the largest box office gross in history, and the first film ever to bring in more than $1 billion in ticket gross. The movie also won Cameron his first Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture.Picture, along with multiple other Oscars. However, this movie is the LoveItOrHateIt entry in Cameron's body of work, polarizing fans severely, which gets worse if one is a fan of the ''Terminator'' films and ''Aliens''. The result is a real BrokenBase, largely between the OldGuardVersusNewBlood of fandom - fans of his previous sci-fi action movies on the one hand, and the younger, more female audience he attracted that wasn't familliar familiar with his previous works on the other. The film has since become became practically DeaderThanDisco for its [[{{Melodrama}} melodramatic]], sentimentalism and [[RomanticPlotTumor excessive focus on the romantic aspect of the story]], only useful as a target for parodies and jokes.
jokes, but was resurrected when it was reissued in 3-D for ''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic's]]'' centennial in 2012.
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