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James Cameron
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James Cameron (b. 1954) is lauded as one of the most successful and innovative filmmakers of the last thirty years. His films often break records, both in their massive budgets and in their box-office earnings. They include such hits as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar. Part scientist, part dramatist, Cameron combines these two qualities into inventive and captivating films that often push the boundaries of special effects to accommodate his imagination. James Cameron: Interviews chronicles the writer-director's rise through the Hollywood system, highlighted by his "can-do" attitude and his insatiable drive to make the best film possible.

As a young boy growing up in Canada, Cameron imagined himself an astronaut, a deep-sea explorer, a science fiction writer, or a filmmaker. Transplanted to southern California, he would go on to realize many of those boyhood fantasies.

This collection of interviews provides glimpses of the filmmaker as he advances from Roger Corman's underling to "king of the world." The interviews are drawn from a number of sources including TV appearances and conversations on blogs, which have never been published in print. Spanning more than twenty years, this collection constructs a concise and thorough examination of Cameron, a filmmaker who has almost single-handedly ushered Hollywood into the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. xxv-2
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  1. How to Direct a Terminator
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. The 1984 Movie Revue: James Cameron Interviewed
  2. pp. 8-14
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  1. Writer-Director Shows the Special Effect Energy Can Radiate
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. Aliens: An Out of This World Communication with Director James Cameron
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. James Cameron Takes the Plunge
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. James Cameron Takes a Second Plunge
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Aliens: James Cameron Interview
  2. pp. 35-40
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  1. The Hero’s Journey
  2. pp. 41-49
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  1. Approaching the Sequel
  2. pp. 50-56
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  1. Iron Jim
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. Rich and Strange
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Movie Director as Captain Nemo
  2. pp. 77-109
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  1. A Drive of Titanic Proportions
  2. pp. 110-132
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  1. The Final Frontier
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. James Cameron: The Second Coming
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. Sound of Silence
  2. pp. 144-146
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  1. James Cameron
  2. pp. 147-168
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  1. My Titanic Obsession
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. King of All He Surveys
  2. pp. 174-177
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  1. James Cameron: A Life in Pictures
  2. pp. 178-188
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  1. James Cameron
  2. pp. 189-199
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  1. James Cameron Interview: Avatar Blu-ray; Also Talks Titanic 3D and Avatar 2
  2. pp. 200-206
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  1. James Cameron Interview! Talks Avatar Re-release, Sequels, 3D Conversions, and Working with Del Toro
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-219
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