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Born: August 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kapuskasing, Ontario, CA Profession: Writer ...


In 1998, Cameron became the fifth recipient of the Beatrice Wood Film Award.

"I'm fascinated by the end of the world. The idea of the end of the world and the idea of either the fabric of reality unraveling, or literally the cataclysm. 'Strange Days' plays around with that from the millennial standpoint, and 'Terminator' palys around with it quite literally--this has happened, but it just hasn't happened yet. ... the folding of time thing." --James Cameron quoted in Written By, December 1997-January 1998.

"I think I'm a good director, but I never claimed to have the PERSONALITY for directing. It brings out the worst in me, and it's the aspect of the work I hate the most. It should be noted that I am never megative with the actors, absolutely and religiously. In many ways they have the most difficult job on the set, and I make it my mission to be supportive and collaborative." --Cameron to Time, December 8, 1997.

"He's a genius and a maniac. A genius in terms of his vision, a maniac in terms of getting what he wants. But that's to be absolutely admired, because to be the controller of a thing that's so absolutely huge is amazing. Some of the visions he had in his head I found really frustrating, because I couldn't quite understand what he meant. I finally came to realize, though, My God, this man has been visualizing nothing but this for the last two years." --"Titanic" co-star Kate Winslet on Cameron to Movieline, March 1998.

"The funny thing is, I'm always OBSESESSED. Whatever film I make it's the same. I was obsessed on 'True Lies' and that was an action comedy. I'm always obsessed with details. I think it's the strength of any good filmmaker--and really part of the job description--to be obsessed like that." --James Cameron quoted in "Heading for Shore" by John Anderson in Newsday, December 14, 1997.

"Filming underwater [for 'The Abyss'] proved to be incredibly arduous. The water was so highly chlorinated that it burned skin and turned hair white. Even the mundane details were complicated. ... The actors were stretched to the breaking point. When the camera ran out of film in the middle of her death scene, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio stormed off the set, screaming, 'We are not animals!' Ed Harris tells [in "The Abyss"'s fascinating laserdisc special edition] of a day so hard, he burst into tears on the drive home." --From "Iron Jim" by John H. Richardson in Premiere, August 1994.

"One aspect of that drive that sets him apart from other action filmmakers is his meticulous attention to the composition of shots, even in stunt scenes. Where many directors are happy just to get the stunt committed to celluloid, Cameron looks both for a spectacular thrill and a carefully sculpted image, which means demanding, nearly impossible camera work." --From "Can He Do Side-Splitting Action?" by David Kronke in Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 17, 1994.

"With Cameron anything is possible. Fired from his first film, he broke into the editing room and cut the film back to his original vision. That was before the runaway success of the two "Terminators" and "Aliens" gave him imperial power. Nowadays he directs his crew through a bank of speakers pitched to concert volume: THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WANT, he booms. If they mess up, he says, THAT'S OKAY. I'VE WORKED WITH CHILDREN BEFORE. The crews respond by printing up T-shirts with semi-jokey slogans: YOU CAN'T SCARE ME--I WORK FOR JIM CAMERON." --From "Iron Jim" by John H. Richardson in Premiere, August 1994.

"Like the others, 'T2' spawned its own crew T-shirt: TERMINATOR 3--NOT WITH ME." --From Premiere, August 1994.

"Mr. Cameron is the master of movies that put women at the center of the action. He is responsible for the macho Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens' and the pumped-up, rifle-toting Linda Hamilton in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'. ... Traditionally, action films have been directed at male viewers; adding a character with whom women can identify broadens the audience appeal. But pop culture always reflects mainstream attitudes, if only inadvertently, and in their exaggerated ways these films hint at how women's lives have changed.

"The heroines of 'Aliens' and 'Terminator 2', however, developed their biceps between movies, in the time lapse between the original films and the sequels. By showing Helen's transformation in 'True Lies', Mr. Cameron charts the comic course of a female stereotype falling to pieces." --From "Film View: The Woman in 'True Lies', a Mouse That Roared" in The New York Times, July 17, 1994.

"'True Lies' is able to effectively kid itself, to playfully mock the conventions of espionage thrillers. Casting the breezy Tom Arnold as Harry's partner Gib helps, but more important is Cameron's unerring ability to find the humor in Schwarzenegger, something the people at 'Last Action Hero,' for instance, were unable to manage." --Kenneth Turan in Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 14, 1994.

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