Titanic and The Making of James Cameron: The Inside Story of the Three-Year Adventure That Rewrote Motion Picture History

Overview

The first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, winner of eleven Academy Awards (for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Dramatic Score, Original Song, Visual Effects, Sound, and Sound Effects Editing), Titanic has been the subject of continuous media coverage, but not until now has the whole story behind the movie been told in such fascinating, behind-the-scenes detail - including excerpts from Cameron's journals - that you feel you are there, reliving...
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Overview

The first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, winner of eleven Academy Awards (for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Dramatic Score, Original Song, Visual Effects, Sound, and Sound Effects Editing), Titanic has been the subject of continuous media coverage, but not until now has the whole story behind the movie been told in such fascinating, behind-the-scenes detail - including excerpts from Cameron's journals - that you feel you are there, reliving the three-year adventure with the extraordinary filmmaker and his co-creators.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the wake of James Cameron's Titanic 14 Academy nominations, 11 Oscars, a billion-dollar worldwide box office, Parisi traces the development of project "Big Boat" from inception to conclusion in a tribute to "the man who did more than any other to revolutionize the look of film as we enter the new millennium." Written in a breezy, reportorial style, the book details the execution of Cameron's vision of Titanic "as a kind of living history." Cameron's notorious perfectionism prompted the building of a 750-foot replica of the Titanic and the building of Cameron's own film studio in Mexico. Called the 100 Day Studio, it was the first built by one of the Hollywood majors since the 1930s. Taking responsibility for his excesses, Cameron in an unprecedented move reassigned his profit-sharing back to Twentieth Century-Fox. Surpassing Waterworld's gigantic budget, Titanic became the most expensive movie ever made. Staffers wore T-shirts proclaiming: "You Can't Scare Me I Work for James Cameron." But Mr. Action King pulled it off. At the cost of $1 million per minute, Titanic became the highest-grossing film ever in the U.S., exceeding Star Wars. There is an old-fashioned feel to the story of the making of Titanic, and Parisi's lively portrayal recalls the egomaniacal geniuses of yore, particularly D.W. Griffith, whose daring innovations founded the movies as an art form by 1912. Is Cameron the D.W. Griffith of the 21st century? Time, the greatest Titan of all, will tell. 16-page color photo insert not seen by PW. June
Booknews
Parisi, a reporter and editor for the creates a fast-paced, behind the scenes narrative of director James Cameron's struggle and triumph in making the film . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557043641
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Insider Filmbooks Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Parisi, a specialist in film technology reporting, covered James Cameron's work for the Hollywood Reporter beginning with The Abyss. Starting during preproduction for Titanic, she conducted more than one hundred hours of interviews with the director, his associates, his friends, and dozens of top Hollywood executives, agents, and producers. She made many visits to the principal movie set in Mexico. Wired magazine featured excerpts from her book as a cover story when it was first published, and it's since been hailed as a "must-have book" for any Titanic or James Cameron fan or film enthusiast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING!

    This is a truly great read I think. I got it and couldn't put it down. Paula follows the tale of the making of this film in amazing detail; you can almost feel the sweat on Cameron's brow at the end of some filming days and the incredible tension between him and the visitors from the major studios that funded the film---none-too-happy about the over-budget production. When I finished this book, I had a new respect for James Cameron and his abilities and none for the media who needlessly harassed his production and vision seemingly for their own petty purposes. I really recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the movie or just how movies are made. Thank you Paula; job well done!!

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