James Cameron, fully James Francis Cameron

James
Cameron, fully James Francis Cameron
1954

Canadian Film Director, Film Producer, Deep-sea Explorer, Screenwriter and Editor who first found success with "The Terminator"

Author Quotes

You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything.

You're so stupid, Rose!

It is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like "Friday the 13th Part III". When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip. And that's not what's happening now with 3D. [on "Piranha"]

NEYTIRI: You are like a baby. Making noise don't know what to do. JAKE : Easy. Shh. Fine. Fine. If you loved your little forest friends... why not let them kill my ass What's the thinking NEYTIRI: Why save you? JAKE : Yeah. Yeah why save me? NEYTIRI: You have a strong heart. No fear. But stupid Ignorant like a child

That was the purest experience, even though it was the cheapest one and the cheesiest looking one. - [about "The Terminator"]

To me, [writing roles for strong women] is just another challenge. It doesn't matter to me if it's an engineering challenge, a scientific challenge, a writing challenge - for a man to write a woman and make her interesting to women as well as men, it's a challenge. Maybe it's just a quest to understand women who are sometimes inscrutable

It just never really gelled and then the September 11th attacks happened and the idea of a domestic comedy adventure film about an anti-terrorism unit just didn't seem all that funny to me anymore. - [about his reason to decline True Lies 2]

Of the three that we're planning, it's a question of the order, one's historical and two are science fiction. None are ocean. - [about his future projects]

The film industry is about saying 'no' to people, and inherently you cannot take 'no' for an answer.

Trusted you... JAKE SULLY: continuing what he was saying - with you. NEYTIRI: getting upset I trusted you. JAKE SULLY: trying to calm her Trust me now. Please. NEYTIRI: You will never be one of The People

It took me a long time to realize that you have to have a bit of an inter-language with actors. You have to give them something that they can act with.

OLD ROSE: It's been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was.

The films that influenced me were so disparate that there's almost no pattern.

We did "The Terminator" for the cost of Arnold's motor home on the second one.

It'll be all of our efforts together. It won't ever be exactly the way I imagined it. And that is, I think, an important lesson as well, is that in any group enterprise it's going to be the sum total of the group.

People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do something until it's right, and then I move on to the next thing.

The key to a sequel is to meet audience expectation and yet be surprising.

We had been dragged across a cheese grater, face down, for two solid years, and we thought we had the biggest money-losing film in history. Then we had our first preview screening in Minneapolis, and there was a woman sitting behind me - I had no idea who she was: a Minneapolis housewife, maybe - who narrated the entire film. She was like a Pez dispenser: everything just popped out of her mouth. I just kind of leant my chair back so I could hear what she was saying. I remember distinctly the moment when Jack and Rose are shaking hands when they are about to part, and Rose is saying, 'You're very presumptuous,' and the woman sitting behind me is saying, 'Yes, but you're not letting go of his hand, are you?' That was the moment when I knew the movie was communicating exactly the way it was meant to.

It's fun to fantasize being a guy who can do whatever he wants. This Terminator guy is indestructible. He can be as rude as he wants. He can walk through a door, go through a plate-glass window and just get up, brush off impacts from bullets. It's like the dark side of Superman, in a sense. I think it has a great cathartic value to people who wish they could just splinter open the door to their boss's office, walk in, break his desk in half, grab him by the throat and throw him out the window and get away with it. Everybody has that little demon that wants to be able to do whatever it wants, the bad kid that never gets punished. [Talking about the appeal of the Terminator]

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.

Well, I see our potential destruction and the potential salvation as human beings coming from technology and how we use it, how we master it and how we prevent it from mastering us. Titanic was as much about that theme as the Terminator films, and in Aliens, it's the reliance on technology that defeats the marines, but it's technology being used properly that allows Sigourney's character to prevail at the end. And Titanic is all about technology, metaphorically as well as on a literal level, because the world was being transformed by the technology at that time. And people were rescued from the Titanic because of wireless technology, and because of the advances that had been made only in the year or so before the ship sank that allowed them to call for help when they were lost at sea in the middle of the North Atlantic. So I think it's an interesting theme, one that's always been fascinating for me...

It's not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it. So it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.

Prometheus is a film I saw twice, and I thought about it ahead of time. The first time I would just enjoy it, go for the ride, not be too analytical and the second time I would allow myself to be a little more analytical about, you know, where the lights were and how they lit the shots with all the people in the helmets, how they probably had to do CG faceplates like we did on Avatar, things like that.

The only compelling reason for me to have done that film was a sense of pride of authorship. "Well, dammit, I did the first one and I did the second one and it's my creation and I should do the third one. But ultimately, that's a stupid reason to spend a year, year and a half of your life in hell to make a big movie. I'd rather spend a year of my life in hell to make something new, which is what I will be doing. - [about his reason to decline Terminator 3]

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First Name
James
Last Name
Cameron, fully James Francis Cameron
Birth Date
1954
Bio

Canadian Film Director, Film Producer, Deep-sea Explorer, Screenwriter and Editor who first found success with "The Terminator"