James Cameron


James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954. He moved to the USA in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screen-writing ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director, miniature-set builder, and process-projection supervisor for Roger Corman Company working under  FX supervision of Robert and Bob Skotak,  and debuted as a director with Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) the following year.

James Cameron  working on a matte painting for Escape from New York.

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As director:

2009 Avatar
2005 Aliens of the Deep (documentary)
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss (documentary short)
2002 Expedition: Bismarck (TV documentary)
2002 Dark Angel (TV series)
2001 Earthship.TV (TV movie)
1997 Titanic
1994 True lies
1991 Terminator 2
1989 Abyss
1986 Aliens
1984 Terminator
1981 Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
1978 Xenogenesis (short)

- 1982 Androide (design consultant)
- 1981  Escape from  New York  (director of photography: special visual effects matte artwork )
- 1981  Galaxy of terror  (Visual effect art director)
- 1980  Battle Beyond the Stars (additional director of photography: special photographic effects – miniature design and construction