James Cameron: Interviews

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James Cameron (b. 1954) is lauded as one of the most successful and innovative filmmakers of the last thirty years. His films often break records, both in their massive budgets and in their box-office earnings. They include such hits as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar. Part scientist, part dramatist, Cameron combines these two qualities into inventive and captivating films that often push the boundaries of special effects to accommodate his imagination. James Cameron: Interviews chronicles ...

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Overview

James Cameron (b. 1954) is lauded as one of the most successful and innovative filmmakers of the last thirty years. His films often break records, both in their massive budgets and in their box-office earnings. They include such hits as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar. Part scientist, part dramatist, Cameron combines these two qualities into inventive and captivating films that often push the boundaries of special effects to accommodate his imagination. James Cameron: Interviews chronicles the writer-director's rise through the Hollywood system, highlighted by his "can-do" attitude and his insatiable drive to make the best film possible.

As a young boy growing up in Canada, Cameron imagined himself an astronaut, a deep-sea explorer, a science fiction writer, or a filmmaker. Transplanted to southern California, he would go on to realize many of those boyhood fantasies.

This collection of interviews provides glimpses of the filmmaker as he advances from Roger Corman's underling to "king of the world." The interviews are drawn from a number of sources including TV appearances and conversations on blogs, which have never been published in print. Spanning more than twenty years, this collection constructs a concise and thorough examination of Cameron, a filmmaker who has almost single-handedly ushered Hollywood into the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617031328
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,465,872
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Dunham is a film instructor at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. He is the editor of Danny Boyle: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi), and his work has been published in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chronology xxi

Filmography xxv

How to Direct a Terminator Thomas McKelvey Cleaver/1984 3

The 1984 Movie Revue: James Cameron Interviewed by David Chute David Chute/1985 8

Writer-Director Shows the Special Effect Energy Can Radiate JoAnn Rhetts/1986 15

Aliens: An Out of This World Communication with Director James Cameron Victor Wells/1986 19

James Cameron Takes the Plunge Alan Jones/1989 23

James Cameron Takes a Second Plunge Alan Jones/1989 29

Aliens: James Cameron Interview Nigel Floyd/1992 35

The Hero's Journey Syd Field/1992 41

Approaching the Sequel Syd Field/1992 50

Iron Jim John H. Richardson/1994 57

Rich and Strange Ray Greene/1995 72

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Movie Director as Captain Nemo Bill Moseley/1998 77

A Drive of Titanic Proportions Academy of Achievement/1999 110

The Final Frontier Anne Thompson/2000 133

James Cameron: The Second Coming Jenny Cooney Carrillo/2002 139

Sound of Silence John Reading/2002 144

James Cameron Adrian Wootton/2003 147

My Titanic Obsession James Rampton/2905 169

King of All He Surveys James Rampton/2006 179

James Cameron: A Life in Pictures Francine Stock/2009 178

James Cameron Tavis Smiley/2009 189

James Cameron Interview: Avatar Blu-ray; Also Talks Titanic 3D and Avatar 2 Sara Wyland/2010 200

James Cameron Interview! Talks Avatar Re-release, Sequels, 3D Conversions, and Working with Del Toro Jim Dorey/2010 207

Index 215

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