James Cameron Essay

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James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario in Canada August 14 (16) 1954. His family later moved to Chippewa Falls near Niagra Falls. James Cameron was during his youth years always very fascinated with movies. He was mezmerized when he saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and he drew himself crazy trying to figure out how they had shot that film. Cameron also wrote sci-fi stories and fantasized a lot instead of doing his school work. It was actually during one boring biology class that Cameron wrote a short story which would later become the movie The Abyss.

When Cameron was 17, his family moved to Orange County, California because of his fathers job. When Cameron moved to Orange County he learned that getting a career in
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Cameron was under tremendous pressure during the production, he was also sick and one night he had a dream of a machine coming from future which attempted to kill him. When Cameron woke up, he scribbled down some nasty ideas, and the ideas would later become the Terminator.

After the shooting of Pirahna 2: The Spawning, Cameron accepted two writing jobs, Rambo: First Blood part 2 and Alien 2 (which would later become Aliens). Cameron later contacted action producer Gale Anne Hurd, and showed her the screenplay The Terminator which he had written. Hurd liked it and Cameron sold it to her for one dollar. Cameron got Arnold Schwarzenegger as the role of the Terminator and Michael Biehn as the role of Kyle Reese. Actually Arnold Schwarzenegger was first cast as Kyle Reese, but then decided to play the Terminator instead.

The Terminator became Cameron’s breakthrough film. It features stunning effects, even though it has $6.5 million budget. The Terminator became a great succes, both critically and comercially. David Giler and Walter Hill, the would-be producers of Aliens, were very impressed with Cameron’s work, and they suggested that he should direct the second alien movie himself. Cameron did it on one condition, namely that Gale Anne Hurd would be brought on board as a producer.

Cameron got Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn to star in the movie. Aliens was a great movie, it has great effects, a well written script and fine acting

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