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Director Profile: James Cameron


Occupation: Director/Executive Producer
Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, JAMES CAMERON (producer/director) grew up near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Setting his sights on a career in film, Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from a consortium of local dentists to produce a 35mm short film. He served as producer, director, co-writer, editor, miniature builder, cinematographer and special effects supervisor on that production.

Cameron's maiden film project led to a position at Roger Corman's New World Pictures, working on Battle Beyond the Stars, on which he served in multiple capacities, including production designer. He was soon able to parlay this experience into a stint as Second Unit Director on Galaxy of Terror. Convinced that he'd found his calling, Cameron decided to write his own script and attach himself to direct. That fateful decision led to Cameron's 1984 sleeper hit, The Terminator, which launched his directorial career.

Since that time, Cameron has served as writer, producer, director, and/or editor on such films as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Aliens, The Abyss, Point Break, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic. His films have blazed new trails in visual and sound effects and set numerous performance records both domestically and abroad. Titanic, which Cameron wrote, produced and directed, currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box-office records, having grossed over $1.8 billion at the global box-office. Cameron's films have also earned numerous nominations and awards from a variety of organizations, culminating in Titanic's record-tying 11 Academy Awards®, including Cameron's three Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing.

In recent years, Cameron has explored other entertainment avenues, including a small screen maiden television effort, the one-hour dramatic television series "Dark Angel", which won the People's Choice Award for Best New Television Drama.

Cameron is continuing his passion for exploration by immersing himself in the study of man's potential next great step in the exploration of space: Mars. Through extensive research, and working closely with experts at NASA and throughout the private sector, Cameron has developed a wholly feasible near-term mission architecture, which could put man on the red planet within the next 15 years. These central plans provide the spine of a group of related entertainment projects that Cameron is currently working on, including a novel, which he is co-writing.

Cameron recently produced an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction classic Solaris, which was written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, and he produced and directed "James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck", a two-hour documentary on the German battleship for the Discovery Channel. He is also in various stages of development and pre-production on a number of feature film projects. Cameron has yet to identify his next directorial feature film effort.

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