The art and skills of screenwriting and moviemaking as told by James Cameron.The film director who is a king of box-office hits and builds unique worlds through his extraordinary storytelling and usage of technology
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Three of the top four grossing movies of all time, Titanic and both Avatar movies, were directed by one man: James Cameron. Movie fans around the world go wild for Cameron’s storytelling and unique technology. How does Cameron write screenplays and direct them? How does he create the technology he uses in his movies? The director himself answers these questions in this lecture series.
Cameron revolutionized movie CGI in 1989 with Abyss. He also played a major role in the transition from film to digital, one of the milestones in film history, by introducing digital 3D technology in his game-changing 2009 movie, Avatar.
Over the last 40 years, James Cameron wrote screenplays for 12 movies and directed eight of them himself. Cameron’s movies are acclaimed by critics and audiences alike in not only their technology but storytelling. How does James Cameron manage to infuse humanism into his movies as well as astound viewers with technology? What are his secrets? James Cameron talks about film writing and film technology based on his own experiences in this fascinating lecture series.
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Awards and Recognition Academy Best Director, Best Picture Award (1998) Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directing (Feature Film) Award (1998) Golden Globe Best Director, Best Motion Picture (Drama) Award (2010) Japan Academy Best Foreign Film Award (2011) Companion of the Order of Canada Explored the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth, in 2012 Directed 3 of the top 4 highest-grossing movies in history
James Cameron, the best director in Hollywood when it comes to bringing technology and storytelling together, was a fan of the sciences and sci-fi novels as a boy, with a great interest in space and the ocean.
His dreams of becoming a movie director started after watching Space Odyssey in 1968, leading him to teach himself film theory in a library. In his 1989 movie Abyss, he created the first living and moving CGI water creature, bringing about a rapid development in movie CGI technology. In 2009, he made Avatar, a movie with a CGI character as the lead, which is still at the highest grossing movie of all time. Cameron, who filmed Avatar in digital 3D at the time, played a crucial role in the film industry’s transition from film to digital.
His achievements have been recognized over the years, and he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture for Titanic in 1998 and the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and Best Picture for Avatar in 2010.
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