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The man behind a number of hugely successful blockbusters and hit films, the Canadian film director, producer and screenwriter James Cameron has racked up a staggering estimated net worth of $700 million. One of the best known directors in Hollywood, James Cameron has been named the single best-paid person in Hollywood in 2011, and that is not surprising – not when you remember Cameron was the director responsible for the world’s two most commercially successful films, the 1997 romantic disaster film “Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and the 2009 science fiction film “Avatar” that featured Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. With a track record like that, it is no surprise that James Cameron is as wealthy and successful as he is.

James Cameron Net Worth $700 Million

Born on 16 August 1954 in the town of Kapuskasing in Ontario, Canada, James Cameron was raised in a regular middle class household. Cameron’s interest in film directing and scriptwriting was first kindled when his family moved to California. At the time, the future hit director was seventeen and about to begin his studies – however, Cameron’s initial choice of subject in Physics failed to hold his interest. After dabbling briefly in studying English, James Cameron left college altogether, and began educating himself in directing and special effects in between various odd jobs. Amazingly, Cameron would never undergo any formal education in film-making or writing beyond what he managed to teach himself – which makes his future success all the more amazing, and his considerable net worth all the more deserved.

James Cameron’s first forays into the film industry would be relatively humble as he worked his way up from working variously as a consultant, designer and sub-director. Cameron’s first real break, however, was not far into the future. In 1984, James Cameron secured the rights to direct a film to his own screenplay, and his first truly independent work as a director proved a runaway success – yielding “The Terminator”, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in the lead roles. Having proved himself a talented director with “The Terminator”, James Cameron would then go on to work on a number of other projects, including taking over as director for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror film “Alien”, and directing a second “Terminator” film (where Schwarzenegger and Hamilton were joined by Robert Patrick). Cameron’s greatest success, however, would come in 1997, with the release of the romantic disaster film “Titanic”. “Titanic” was the first film in history to breach the $1 billion mark in box offices, and its success has certainly added a lot to James Cameron’s net worth. And while “Titanic” would only remain the world’s most commercially successful film until 2010, it is testament to Cameron’s talent that it would be outdone by another of his productions – the 2009 sci-fi film “Avatar”, which made more than $2 billion across the world.

How rich is James Cameron? At the moment, Cameron’s net worth is believed to be around $700 million, although some sources indicate a figure as high as $900 million. By and large, James Cameron has built up his impressive fortune through his work as a film director, having directed a number of hugely successful films over the course of his career. Indeed, Cameron’s net worth needs little more to explain it than the fact that he holds the honour of having directed the two highest-grossing films in history.

Today, James Cameron lives in New Zealand, having moved there after coming to love the country during his work on “Avatar”. Cameron is married to actress and former model Suzy Amis, and they have three children together – a son and two daughters.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 16, 1954
Birth place: Kapuskasing, Canada
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Profession:Film director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, Actor, Film Editor, Explorer, Environmentalist, Television producer
Education:Fullerton College, Brea Olinda High School, Stamford Collegiate School
Nationality:Canadian
Spouse:Suzy Amis (m. 2000), Linda Hamilton (m. 1997–1999)
Children:Josephine Archer Cameron, Quinn Cameron, Claire Cameron, Elizabeth Rose Cameron
Parents:Shirley (née Lowe), Phillip Cameron
Awards:Saturn Award for Best Director (1994 (1994), 1991, 1989, 1986), Scream Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director, Empire Award for Best Director
Movies:“Avatar” (2009), “Titanic” (1997), “The Terminator” (1984), “Alien” (1979), "Aliens" (1986), "The Abyss" (1989), "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), "True Lies" (1994)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Did uncredited voice overs for The Terminator (1984) (as Sarah Connor's (Linda Hamilton) date on the answering machine) and True Lies (1994) as the helicopter pilot who flatly says, "he's got her head in his lap. Yahoo.".
2Was considered to direct a Spider-Man film on two occasions, first on Spider-Man (2002) and then on The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ten years later.
3Not only did he try to make a Spider-Man film, he also tried to make a X-Men movie with his fellow filmmaker and his then wife Kathryn Biggelow.
4Son, James Quinn (known as Quinn), with wife Suzy Amis, born. [September 2003]
5Has frequently worked with the cast of the Star Trek films. Paul Winfield appeared in The Terminator (1984) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Jenette Goldstein, who appeared in Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Titanic (1997), also appears briefly in Star Trek: Generations (1994). Goldstein's Aliens (1986) character was also the inspiration for Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), and she was the original choice for the role. Mark Rolston, who appeared in Aliens (1986), also appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Edward Furlong appeared in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Star Trek: Renegades (2015). Zoe Saldana appeared in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Avatar (2009). David Warner appeared in Titanic (1997), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). In addition, Thomas Dekker appeared in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) as John Connor, while the character's father, Kyle Reese, was played in Terminator Salvation (2009) by Anton Yelchin. Bryce Dallas Howard, who also appeared in Terminator Salvation (2009), is the niece of Clint Howard, who appeared on an early episode of the original series. Bill Paxton's Aliens character, Hudson, inspired the Sam Rockwell character in the Star Trek spoof, Galaxy Quest (1999).
6Is very close friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
7Despite his reputation for working constantly and for very long hours, he stopped drinking caffeinated coffee after he made Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and only drinks decaf now.
8Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 18, 2009.
9Since 1984, all of his films' titles have begin with either the letters 'T' or 'A'. Or, in the case of The Abyss (1989), both (depending on whether you want to classify the film as "The Abyss" or "Abyss, The").
10Is vegan.
11Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench on 25 March 2012, becoming the first person to do so in a one-man craft. The Mariana Trench is the deepest known point on Earth, at 11 km (6.8 miles) below the ocean surface. The vehicle in which he achieved this feat is the Deepsea Challenger (DCV 1), designed built in Sydney, Australia by research and design company Acheron Project Pty Ltd. Cameron is the first person to spend significant time at that depth, having explored the area for three hours after arrival. He later famously commented "Hitting rock bottom never felt so good".
12Insists that any actor in his films must audition for him, even major stars.
13He named his five favorite films as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972) and Taxi Driver (1976).
14Directed three of the American Film Institute's 100 Most Heart Pounding Movies: Titanic (1997) at #25, The Terminator (1984) at #42 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) at #77. Aliens (1986) was also nominated but didn't make the list.
15Has directed 3 actresses in Oscar-nominated performances: Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Aliens (1986)), Kate Winslet (Best Actress, Titanic (1997)), and Gloria Stuart (Best Supporting Actress, Titanic (1997)).
16Was an avid reader of Arthur C. Clarke, A.E. van Vogt, Harlan Ellison and Larry Niven novels as a child.
17(May 10, 2010) Merited a place in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Artists" category) - with an homage penned by Sigourney Weaver.
18Lives in Malibu and Calabasas, California.
19In an interview with Tavis Smiley, revealed that he was a truck driver before going into film directing.
20In 2010, his movie Avatar (2009) became the highest grossing movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation. It is also the first movie to gross the 2 billion dollar mark at the box office. Until Avatar (2009), Cameron's previous movie Titanic (1997) was the highest grossing movie of all time for 12 years (also not adjusted for inflation).
21Three of his films have made it to the IMDb top 250 list: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Aliens (1986). Avatar (2009) briefly made the list, but ultimately dropped out of it.
22First director to make 2 films which have grossed more than $1 billion in the worldwide box office (Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009)). Cameron is now tied for the billion-dollar film record with Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson. Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) finished their runs with over $1 billion in overall grosses. Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) also finished their runs with over $1 billion in overall grosses.
23Apart from Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) and The Terminator (1984), all of his films have been nominated for or won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
24Ex-brother-in-law of Leslie Hamilton Gearren.
25Has a daughter, Josephine Archer Cameron, with Linda Hamilton (born 15 February 1993).
26Received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2008. Says he's too cheap to pay for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
27After seeing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.
282007 - Ranked #3 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
29Considered directing Solaris (2002), but opted to produce instead. Job went to Steven Soderbergh.
30Had a daughter, Elizabeth Rose, with Suzy Amis (born 29 December 2006).
31Was interested in remaking Planet of the Apes (1968), but his script was turned down. Another script was then developed and eventually made by Tim Burton in 2001.
32Is left-handed. He drew the picture of Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie Titanic (1997). The image was flipped so it would appear that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) was drawing it with his right hand.
33The October 1987 draft of the screenplay for Alien Nation (1988) credits a rewrite to James Cameron. He is not credited in the final film.
34Member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
35The titles of his two current theatrical documentaries contain the titles of two of his previous films; the title of his documentary Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) contains the title of his previous film The Abyss (1989), and the title of his other documentary Aliens of the Deep (2005) contains the title of another one of his previous films, Aliens (1986).
36Has developed a new generation stereo imaging camera called "The Fusion Camera".
37When he wrote an early script treatment for Spider-Man (2002), he had the idea of organic web-shooters. This was later included in Sam Raimi's film.
38A magazine article written about him in the 1980s described how he had three desks set up in his house. At one desk, he was writing the script to The Terminator (1984), on another, he was finishing the script to Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and on the third, he was writing Aliens (1986).
39One of only two people to have both written and directed an Alien movie. The other is Paul W.S. Anderson.
40The mandibles of the Predator from Predator (1987) were his idea.
41On the 14 March 2004 episode of Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Kate Winslet claimed her nude portrait for Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Titanic (1997) was drawn by Cameron. She also said the artist's hand shown in a close-up was Cameron's.
42Is a huge Japanese anime fan, and the releasing studios often uses his opinion about the film on the DVD and VHS covers.
43His practice of testing his directors of photography by darkening the film originated on Aliens (1986). Cameron wanted to use a particular type of film stock, but cinematographer Dick Bush ignored him and used a different type. The end result being that the footage shot ended up being unusably dark. After Bush was fired due to an unrelated incident and Adrian Biddle took over, Cameron found some of the film in a storage cupboard and had the camera operators use it instead of the film Biddle had told them to use. Biddle noticed what was going on after the first take, and compensated with extra lighting, hoping to hide his "mistake" from Cameron, who owned up at the end of the day. Cameron later did the same to Mikael Salomon on The Abyss (1989) and to Russell Carpenter on True Lies (1994).
44Married one of his producers and two of his actresses.
45Wrote a screenplay for Spider-Man (2002), but was turned down by the studios, due to the fact that his version of Spider-Man was "too violent". Sam Raimi's version got the green light instead.
46He and Suzy Amis are owners of Childspot!, an early childhood center in Wichita, Kansas which is operated by Suzy's sister, Rebecca Amis.
47Security is provided by Gavin de Becker, author of "The Gift of Fear."
48The eldest of five children.
49First wife Sharon Williams got just $1,200 from Cameron in their divorce settlement.
50Went to elementary school in Chippawa, Ontario.
51Was forced to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by Harlan Ellison involving the movie The Terminator (1984). Newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison. Cameron thought he could win the suit, but was told by the studio that he would be made responsible for financial damages in case of a loss. Unable to take the financial risk, he begrudgingly agreed to the settlement..
52Has a stepson named Jasper, from Suzy Amis' marriage to Sam Robards.
53Daughter Claire, with wife Suzy Amis, born. [April 2001]
54Cameron is in talks with RKK Energia and MirCorp to pay his way on board the Mir space station (or the ISS, should Mir be deorbited). He has been given the medical green light, and has already ridden aboard the Ilushin-76 jet used to train cosmonauts for space missions. [September 2000]
55First director to film both a $100 million (Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)) and a $200 million (Titanic (1997)) movie.
56Jokingly refers to Titanic (1997) as his 190 Million Dollar "Chick Flick".
57While editing Titanic (1997), Cameron had a razor blade taped to the side of the editing computer with the instructions written underneath: "Use only if film sucks!".
58One of the founders of visual effects company Digital Domain.
59His production company is Lightstorm Entertainment.
60According to Cameron, he got his big break while doing pick-up shots for Galaxy of Terror (1981) as second unit director. He was shooting scenes of a dismembered arm teeming with maggots (actually mealworms). In order to make them move, he hooked up an AC power cord to the arm, and an unseen assistant would plug it in when the film was rolling. Two producers were strolling through, and when Cameron yelled "Action!" the worms began to writhe on cue. When he yelled "Cut!" the worms stopped. The producers were so amazed at his directing prowess that they began talking with him about bigger projects.
61Brother of Mike Cameron and John David Cameron.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Avatar (2009)$350,000,000
Titanic (1997)$115,000,000 ($600k for screenplay + $8m salary + backend participation)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)$6,000,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Often includes the theme of humanity's arrogance and over-reliance of technology
2Has a tendency to cast well-known actors based on their performances in lesser-known films. For example, Michelle Rodriguez in "Girlfight" and Billy Zane in "The Phantom".
3Known on-set for being very tough and demanding, and having a temper... hence his nickname "Iron Jim". However, off-set he is known to be very kind.
4In all his films, at least one character yells "Go! Go! Go!"
5Directs blockbusters which often have one-word titles, which are also the subjects of them: "(The) Terminator", "(The) Abyss", "Titanic", "Aliens" and "Avatar".
6The use of machines as an important plot, point or weapon: in both Aliens and Avatar, the soldiers use a similar machine to fight in the final battle, the Terminators are machines, and The Abyss also features a lot of machines important to the plot.
7Many of his films have water or the ocean as a central theme
8His films frequently depict children in some kind of danger
9Often employs composers Brad Fiedel and James Horner to score his films.
10Utilizes slow motion in intense scenes or to intensify a scene
11His films tend to have scenes with elevators with something dangerous happening near or in them. In Aliens (1986), Ripley goes up and down a cargo elevator several times, exiting the complex and then going backwhile loading weapons to get Newt and then leaving with the Queen Alien following. The Queen Alien rides the elevator to follow Ripley. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Sara sees the T-800 for the first time exiting an elevator. The T-1000 is shot from outside the elevator and then attacks Sara, John and the T-800 above it. In another scene, Sara, John and the T-800 crash in an elevator after an explosion on a higher floor. They are then gassed by the SWAT team at the bottom. In True Lies (1994), Harry enters an elevator on a horse in pursuit of a terrorist in the opposite elevator on a motorcycle. In Titanic (1997), Rose goes up an elevator with Jack to escape her fiancé. In another scene, Rose goes down an elevator to a flooded floor, filling it with water.
12[Dreams] Often works dreams or characters sleeping into the plot
13Often features shots of large explosions, crashes, gunshots, etc. in the background with people running away in the foreground. These shots were used heavily in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and True Lies (1994) but also in other films.
14Often includes sequences in which a video monitor is the perspective of the camera. For example, the T-800's viewpoint in infrared in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the video log in Avatar (2009), the helmet cameras in Aliens (1986), Little Geek exploring the submarine in The Abyss (1989), television newscasts in The Abyss (1989), the surveilance cameras in True Lies (1994), the SQUID sequences in Strange Days (1995), and Brock's "Geraldo Moment" at the beginning of Titanic (1997). He uses this perspective at least once in every movie he is tied with.
15Cameron's films tend to include broken, swinging flourescent lights, especially in fight scenes. See:The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994) and Strange Days (1995).
16Brings camera in close during fight scenes, achieving a claustrophobic effect.
17Tight/close-up tracking shots on vehicles, especially during chase scenes
18Likes to show close-up shots of feet or wheels, often trampling things
19Likes to make nice/effective cuts
20Plots or events involving nuclear explosions or wars
21His films frequently feature scenes filmed in deep blues
22Frequently casts Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
23Strong female characters


Quotes

#Quote
1I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.
2[300] Fantastic film. I loved it.
3Sometimes the more fantastic an idea is the more you have to be very careful about how you design it.
4[Avatar] Some of the design choices were about colors affecting us psychologically, which is why the film has such a striking color palette, like the early days of color cinematography where everything had to be bright and vibrant.
5[Avatar] A complete leap into the unknown. Like a jump off a cliff and madly fabricating a parachute on the way down. It's a lot of fun to be out on the edge and know that you're doing something nobody's ever done before.
6[Terminator Genisys] The natural follow up to Terminator 2.
7[an animated film] The performances are created by committee. I don't mean to denigrate that in any way. It's a fantastic art form. I love it. It's just not what I'm good at. What I'm good at is working with actors to create scenes and then editing they're performances to get the absolute best vibrating version of that scene and then share that with the audience. It's an amazing process to go through. Sometimes you think it's not going to work when you get started and then the characters come to life.
8[3D] It brings to cinema what better sound or color brought. I'm making it my ethos not to change how I direct my movies or how I do scenes with the actors. I'm trying to make 3D plus the film or turbocharge it but the basic architecture of the engine is the same and that's the only healthy way to view the 3D. The actors don't act any differently for a 3D camera.
9[the designs on Avatar] It's a very joyful experience for me. What you imagine is always kind of hazy. It's like the memory of a dream. You can't be specific. You can draw it but it's a completely new act of creation.
10[Avatar] Some people think of this as an animated film. It's not an animated film because I'm not an animator. I don't want to be an animator. I'm a director. I want to work with actors. A director-centric actor-process.
11[Avatar] The expectations are daunting on this film. That's fair after directing Titanic and my other films. Some people will be interested in what's coming next but this is a very different film from what I've done before. It plays by its own rules. As a filmmaker, I just get so focused on the characters that I just forget all the buzz out there and the hype and the expectation and just do what's right for the movie.
12[on starting production on Avatar 2 (2018)] We do performance capture work. You have to think of it more like an animated film, so it's not really shooting per se. [2016]
13[on Avatar (2009)] At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) was among the videos that I used as a reference. Tom Berenger did some real interesting stuff in that film. Also The Emerald Forest (1985) which maybe thematically isn't that connected but it did have that clash of civilizations or of cultures. That was another reference point for me. There was some beautiful stuff in that film. I just gathered all this stuff in and then you look at it through the lens of science fiction and it comes out looking very different but it still recognizable in a universal story way. It's almost comfortable for the audience - "I know what kind of tale this is." They're not sitting there scratching their heads, they're enjoying it and being taken along - the idea that you feel like you are in a classic story, a story that could have been shaped by Rudyard Kipling or Edgar Rice Burroughs.
14[When asked if there was a book that influenced or inspired him in some way] I remember it more by authors. Arthur Clarke and A.E. van Vogt, all of the mainstream old guard of science fiction at that time. In the latter years of high school I got into the newer guys of that time, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, people like that. It was a steady diet of science fiction.
15[on Terminator Genisys (2015)] I pay attention to it but I'm not terribly concerned about it one way or the other. I've had to let it go. There was a point in time where I debated going after the rights... I just felt as a filmmaker maybe I've gone beyond it. I really wasn't that interested. I felt like I'd told the story I wanted to tell. I suppose I could have pursued it more aggressively and gone to the mat for it but I felt like I was laboring in someone else's house in a sense because I had sold the rights very early on.
16[on possible future contact with aliens] The history on our planet is whenever a superior technology society encounters a society with lesser technology, the superior technology supplants the lesser society. There has never been an exception. So if the aliens come to us, it probably won't go well for us. A thousand years from now, if we're the ones going to where the aliens are, like the story told in Avatar (2009), it won't go so well for the aliens.
1748 fps to me is not a format, it's a tool, like music it's good to use sparingly and in the right spot. I believe all movies should be made in 3D, forever, but the projection needs to be better, and brighter. I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly-calibrated screening room, and people aren't seeing that. Larger formats. I'd love to see screens get bigger. In terms of storytelling, I'd like to see Hollywood embrace the caliber of writing in feature films that we're currently seeing in the series on television - more emphasis on character, and less on explosions and pyrotechnics. And I'm talking the big tent-pole movies, I think they're obnoxiously loud and fast.
18I can point directly to the film that had the biggest early influence on me, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Even though it's not necessarily my favorite film right now, it has a very special place for me developmentally, because when I saw it, I went from someone who enjoyed watching movies to wanting to make movies myself. So I started to experiment with creating that imagery.
19[on Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)] I did think that this new Captain America was an interesting film for its genre, in that it tackled this idea of digital surveillance and the kind of dark side of our hyper-connected society.
20[on Neil deGrasse Tyson pointing out that the sky in his movie Titanic (1997) was wrong] I wasn't particularly embarrassed because I think that's an unbelievably specific nitpick and if that caused him to not enjoy the film, he may need to re-evaluate his priorities. That said, because I'm such a perfectionist, I challenged him to provide me with the correct star fields and incorporated them into the future re-releases of the film. So, if you watch the film now, the stars are correct.
21I think that there was a moment of magic, pure magic, of coming together with the lens, when we shot the kiss at the bow of the ship during Titanic (1997). The way the sun set, we were all inspired to run to get the shot and we had seconds to do it. There was no rehearsal, we didn't have time, but the actors did beautifully. We did two takes, one that was out of focus and one that was half out of focus, and the one that was used was the one that was half out of focus. And it was beautiful.
22[on Aliens (1986)] I think I was following in the footsteps of the first film Alien (1979), which was the classic Ten Little Indians (1965) model where you start out with X number of beloved characters, and have one that prevails. In Aliens (1986), three characters prevail at the end. So I would say Aliens (1986) is more about family bonds, even though it's a pseudo-family in the film, and cooperation against an enemy. So it doesn't exactly follow the slasher model.
23I've never had nightmares about Terminators after I made the film. I had nightmares that inspired the film. But I always feel that making the film is the catharsis that stops the nightmares, if you will. For example, I used to always have nightmares about giant waves, tsunamis essentially. And when I made The Abyss (1989), which had a giant wave scene in it, those stopped.
24[on working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on True Lies 2] We abandoned True Lies 2 after 9/11, because we didn't think a comedy about fundamentalist terrorists was so funny anymore. And then we never picked it up again.
25[on Prometheus (2012)] I thought it was thought-provoking and beautifully, visually-mounted, but at the end of the day it didn't add up logically. But I enjoyed it, and I'm glad it was made. I liked it better than the previous two Alien sequels. And it was done in native 3D and I'm a big fan of Native 3D done by directors who embrace it as an art form, like [Ridley Scott], [Martin Scorsese}, Ang Lee.
26[on Gravity (2013)] I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it's the best space photography ever done, I think it's the best space film ever done, and it's the movie I've been hungry to see for an awful long time... What is interesting is the human dimension. Alfonso [Alfonso Cuarón] and Sandra [Sandra Bullock] working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.
27Every time I start a film, I have a fantasy that it will be like a big family, and we'll have a good time, and we'll have all of these wonderful, creative moments together. But that's not what filmmaking is; it's a battle.
28The Terminator is neither good nor evil.
29[to Arnold Schwarzenegger when they first met] You are the Terminator.
30[on being sued for plagiarism] It is a sad reality of our business that whenever there is a successful film, people come out of the woodwork claiming that their ideas were used. Avatar (2009) was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades.
31There's an aspect of movie-making that rewards bad behavior. You're working with a team of people and you tell them what you want and a few weeks later they've forgotten everything. So you scream at them and somehow they remember. Not my actors, though - I've always been very circumspect with them.
32[on Avatar 2 (2018)] Sequels are always tricky: you have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past.
33[on veganism] 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.
34(On Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993)) I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours. But when I saw the film, I realised that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been Aliens (1986) with dinosaurs, and that wouldn't have been fair. Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded for that. His sensibility was right for that film, I'd have gone further, nastier, much nastier.
35I don't have a TV. I took it out of the house. I was watching too much TV, so I took it out.
36Prometheus (2012) 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 (2009), things like that.
37I'd be hard-pressed to imagine creating a vehicle for an actor that I like. For me, the movie comes first and if the actor fits, they fit. And I'll think pretty far out of the box about what "fitting" means, even contemplate re-working a character to fit an actor I really admire. But, I can't imagine writing a vehicle for an actor. That's just not my process. There are a lot of young actors -- always new actors coming up who are good -- I'm not going to name any names, but I certainly keep my eye out.
38I enjoyed Prometheus (2012); I thought it was great. I thought it was Ridley returning to science fiction with gusto, with great tactical performance, beautiful photography, great native 3D. There might have been a few things that I would have done differently, but that's not the point, you could say that about any movie.
39I'm a huge movie fan. I love watching films. I love watching films with the family, with the kids; I love watching films myself. I was out there opening night [for] Prometheus (2012). I didn't go to the Thursday midnight screening, but I was there Friday. I like to still get excited about movies and whether they pay off or not, that's not the point.
40I didn't want to raise [my children] in that poisonous atmosphere. There's a climate of materialism in Los Angeles. We're all vegan, we grow our own organic food at our ranch in California, and we'll continue to do that in New Zealand. You want your kids to grow up with a certain set of values.
41To 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
42I do think Hollywood movies get it wrong when they show women in action roles - they basically make them men. Or else they make them into superheroes in shiny black suits, which is just not as interesting.
43I'm still very committed about raising awareness about the dangers of climate change at a time when there is all the denial and disinformation machinery designed to confuse people and create doubt - on an issue about which there is no doubt in the scientific community. We are facing the biggest challenge the human species has ever faced. And we're all going to have to work together to solve it.
44[why he will never return to the Terminator franchise] The series has kind of run its course, and frankly, the soup's already been pissed in by other filmmakers.
45[what he thought of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)] In one word, great.
46I think from the standpoint of the Hollywood mainstream, they got up one morning and opened the trades and went, 'What the hell is this movie that's number one this weekend?' And, by the way, it was number one the next weekend and the weekend after that. It dominated the Thanksgiving weekend against a couple of big pictures, like Dune (1984), for example, and 2010 (1984), which were big studio pictures. Actually, 2010 was a big studio picture and Dune was a high-end independent film. But these were mega-buck movies and Terminator just steam rolled over them. And it had been done by these nonentities. (NOTE: in actual fact, The Terminator was number 1 in the last weekend of October 1984 and the first weekend of November 1984. 2010 and Dune both opened in December 1984, not the Thanksgiving weekend, and 2010 out-grossed The Terminator by over $2 million).
47[on Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys (2015)] I was talking to him back in fall about a new Terminator film and quietly advising on that. I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him. I told him he should not do it until it's focused on his character. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven't even been thought of yet.
48[on the possible origins of the Space Jockey (or the dental patient as he calls it) in Alien (1979) an idea explored in Prometheus (2012)] Clearly, the dental patient was a sole crew member on a one-man ship. Perhaps his homeworld did know of his demise, but felt it was pointless to rescue a doomed person. Perhaps he was a volunteer or a draftee on the hazardous mission of bio-isolating these organisms. Perhaps he was a military pilot, delivering the alien eggs as a bio-weapon in some ancient interstellar war humans know nothing of, and got infected inadvertently.
49[on where the creatures in Aliens (1986) came from] I have Ripley specifically telling a member of the inquiry board, "I already told you, it was not indigenous, it was a derelict spacecraft, an alien ship, it was not from there." That seems clear enough. Don't ask me where it was from... there are some things man was not meant to know. Presumably, the derelict pilot (space jockey, big dental patient, etc.) became infected en route to somewhere and set down on the barren planetoid to isolate the dangerous creatures, setting up the warning beacon as his last act. What happened to the creature that emerged from him? Ask Ridley Scott. As to the purpose of the Alien... I think that's clear. They're just trying to make a living, same as us. It's not their fault that they happen to be disgusting parasitical predators, any more than a black widow spider or a cobra can be blamed for its biological nature.
50Curiosity - it's the most powerful thing you own. Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.
51[his advice to young directors] The respect of your team is more important than all the laurels in the world. Don't put limitations on yourself, other people will do that for you. Don't do it to yourself, don't bet against yourself and take risks. NASA has this phrase that they like "failure is not an option," but failure HAS to be an option, in art and in exploration. Because it's a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. In whatever you're doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.
52[on his plan in 2012 to solo dive 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest spot on the planet] When you're making a movie, everybody's read the script and they know what's going to happen next. When you're on an expedition, nature hasn't read the script, the ocean hasn't read the script, and no one knows what's going to happen next.
53[on CGI technology] How about another Dirty Harry movie where Clint Eastwood looks the way he looked in 1975? Or a James Bond movie where Sean Connery looks the way he did in Dr. No (1962)? How cool would that be? There's no way to scan what's underneath the surface to what the actor is feeling. If Tom Cruise left instructions for his estate that it was okay to use his likeness in Mission Impossible movies for the next 500 years, I would say that would be fine. You could put Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart in a movie together, but it wouldn't be them. You'd have to have somebody play them. And that's where I think you cross an ethical boundary.
54We did The Terminator (1984) for the cost of Arnold's motor home on the second one.
55I was always fascinated by engineering. Maybe it was an attempt maybe to get my father's respect or interest, or maybe it was just a genetic love of technology, but I was always trying to build things.
56(On his childhood) My mother was definitely an influence in giving me a respect for art and the arts and especially the visual arts. I used to go with her to museums, and when I was learning to draw I would sketch things in the museum, whether it was an Etruscan helmet, or a mummy, or whatever. I was fascinated by all that. I was always fascinated by engineering. Maybe it was an attempt maybe to get my father's respect or interest, or maybe it was just a genetic love of technology, but I was always trying to build things. And sometimes being a builder can put you in a leadership position when you're a kid. "Hey, let's build a go-kart. You go get the wheels and you get this," and pretty soon you're at the center of a project.
57(On his childhood) I spent all my free time in the town library and I read an awful lot of science fiction and the line between reality and fantasy blurred. I was as interested in the reality of biology as I was in reading science fiction stories about genetic mutations and post-nuclear war environments and inter-stellar traveling, meeting alien races, and all that sort of thing. I read so voraciously. It was tonnage. I rode a school bus for an hour each way in high school because they put me in an academic program that could only be serviced by this high school much further away. So I had two hours a day on the bus and I tried to read a book a day. I averaged a book every other day, but if I got really interested in something it was propped up behind my math book or my science book all during the day in class.
58[on Piranha 3D (2010)] 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 (1982). 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.
59Ridley Scott and I talked about doing another Alien (1979) film and I said to 20th Century Fox that I would develop a fifth Alien (1979) film. I started working on a story, I was working with another writer and Fox came back to me and said, "We've got this really good script for AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and I got pretty upset. I said, "You do that, you're going to kill the validity of the franchise in my mind. Because to me, that was Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other. Milking it. So, I stopped work. Then I saw AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and it was actually pretty good. (laughs) I think of the five Alien films, I'd rate it third.
60[on Planet of the Apes (2001)] They turned out, I think, possibly the most egregious film that they could have on that subject because they miscast the director. It's the only Tim Burton film that I don't like.
61Guillermo del Toro is one of my best friends and we've never really worked together. I mean, we always feel like we're working together because he gets all involved in my stuff, I get all involved with his stuff, but not in an official capacity.
62I can't think of anything that I see on a screen these days without thinking how much better it'd look in 3-D! If I see a movie I really like...Like, I'm watching King Kong (2005) I think, "Man! That'd be great in 3-D!" Everything's better in 3-D! Everything! A scene in the snow with two people talking...in 3-D...It's amazing! You're in the snow! You feel the snow.
63[on making Aliens (1986) at Pinewood Studios in England] The Pinewood crew were lazy, insolent and arrogant. We despised them and they despised us. The one thing that kept me going was the certain knowledge that I would drive out of the gate of Pinewood and never come back.
64[on Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)] I'd like to see him reinvent it in the same way Batman got reinvented very successfully. The last two Batman pictures (Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)) - actually, they're the only two I can watch. I couldn't stand the other ones.
65The key to a sequel is to meet audience expectation and yet be surprising.
66I see a very similar pattern, in a sense, between Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). Not that they are similar films because they are not - totally different subjects - but in both cases, you have people coming back over and over to see the film.
67If I did Titanic (1997) today, I'd do it very differently. There wouldn't be a 750-foot-long set. There would be small set pieces integrated into a large CGI set. I wouldn't have to wait seven days to get the perfect sunset for the kiss scene. We'd shoot it in front of a green screen, and we'd choose our sunset.
68I came to filmmaking in the early '80s, and it was a time of deep economic recession. It was a time when VHS home video was taking money from the theaters. The film industry was depressed. That's what I knew - a state of upheaval and change. It all sorted itself out. These things always sort themselves out. The fundamental question is: is cinema staying or is it going away? I think it shows no signs of going away. I feel quite confident you (Peter Jackson) and I are going to make the kinds of films we love 10 and 20 years from now.
69On Avatar (2009): My approach to 3-D is in a way quite conservative. We're making a two-and-a-half-hour-plus film and I don't want to assault the eye every five seconds. I want it to be comfortable. I want you to forget after a few minutes that you are really watching 3-D and just have it operate at a subliminal, subconscious level. That's the key to great 3-D and it makes the audience feel like real participants in what's going on.
70There is this long, wonderful history of the human race written in blood. We have this tendency to just take what we want. And that's how we treat the natural world as well. There's this sense of we're here, we're big, we've got the guns, we've got the technology, therefore we're entitled to every damn thing on this planet. That's not how it works and we're going to find out the hard way if we don't kind of wise up and start seeking a life that's in balance with the natural life on Earth.
71[on his reputation as a harsh and demanding taskmaster] I push people to get the best out of them. And the same applies to me. If I come home at the end of a day of filming and my hands are not black, I feel that was a day wasted.
72I don't think anything resembling The Terminator (1984) is really going to happen. There certainly aren't going to be genocidal wars waged by machines a few generations from now. The stories function more on a symbolic level, and that's why people key into them.
73I kind of turned my back on the Terminator world when there was early talk about a third film. I'd evolved beyond it. I don't regret that, but I have to live with the consequence, which is that I keep seeing it resurrected. I'm not involved in Terminator Salvation (2009). I've never read the script. I'm sure I'll be paying 10 bucks to see it like everybody else.
74(When asked how did he come up with the story for Avatar (2009)) Well, my inspiration is every single science fiction book I read as a kid. And a few that weren't science fiction. The Edgar Rice Burroughs books, H. Rider Haggard - the manly, jungle adventure writers. I wanted to do an old fashioned jungle adventure, just set it on another planet, and play by those rules.
75On Stanley Kubrick: I remember going with a great sense of anticipation to each new Stanley Kubrick film and thinking, "Can he pull it off and amaze me again?" And he always did. The lesson I learned from Kubrick was, never do the same thing twice.
76On Sigourney Weaver: I like her very much. She's just a natural. Not too exotic. Very hard-nosed, intelligent. And flawed too, in the sense she is flawed by emotion. People root for her in Alien (1979) because she's so often coming up with the logical solution to some problem and then it just won't work.
77[on Robert Patrick's casting as the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)] "I wanted someone who was extremely fast and agile. If the T-800 is a human Panzer tank, then the T-1000 is a Porsche."
78[on how he came up with the idea of The Terminator (1984)] "I would see these images of a metallic death figure rising Phoenix-like out of fire, I woke up and grabbed a pencil and paper and started writing. When I originally got the idea for Terminator, I was sick, I was broke, I was in Rome, I had no way to get home and I could barely speak the language. I was surrounded by people I could not get help from. I felt very alienated and so it was very easy for me to imagine a machine with a gun. At the point of the greatest alienation in my life, it was easy to create the character."
79[When interviewer asks if he thought he had a hit on his hands] "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."
80[When he was the new hot screenwriter in the mid-1980s] "I haven't paid for lunch in two weeks."
81Of 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]
82So, Spider-Man (2002) was obviously good casting for him (Sam Raimi). I mean, he was good casting to do Spider-Man (2002). Would I have done it differently? Yeah, absolutely. It would've been a very different film, but that's the film you've never seen. I've seen it.
83It 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]
84Basically because I had told the story. To make Terminator 3 was to make a 3. - [about his reason to decline Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)]
85I don't look at scripts. I just write them.
86I've always enjoyed it when it was John Woo in his Hong Kong days like Hard Boiled (1992), but I think it's overused now. - [on Hong Kong film making styles]
87That was the purest experience, even though it was the cheapest one and the cheesiest looking one. - [about The Terminator (1984)]
88I guess Titanic (1997) because it made the most money. No, I'm kidding. I don't really have a favourite. Maybe The Terminator (1984) because that was the film that was the first one back when I was essentially a truck driver. - [about his favourite movie he directed]
89So, what I said was, "If they come up with a decent script that you like and you think you can play, do something cool, and they pay you an awful lot of money, you should just go do it. Don't feel like you're betraying me or anything else."" - [about his view on Arnold Schwarzenegger for doing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)]
90The 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: Rise of the Machines (2003)]
91[About the budget for the original Terminator]: "They were extremely hesitant about going over $4 million. We convinced them this movie could not be made for less than $6 million, especially with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring, because he commanded a significant salary; the final shooting budget was actually $6.5 million."
92[About dropping several sequences from the finished film of the Terminator]: "We had to cut scenes I was in love with in order to save money."
93[Talking about the appeal of the Terminator]: "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."
94[on the future of 3D] "With digital 3D projection, we will be entering a new age of cinema. Audiences will be seeing something which was never technically possible before the age of digital cinema - a stunning visual experience which 'turbocharges' the viewing of the biggest, must-see movies. The biggest action, visual effects and fantasy movies will soon be shot in 3D. And all-CG animated films can easily be converted to 3D, without additional cost if it is done as they are made. Soon audiences will associate 3D with the highest level of visual content in the market, and seek out that premium experience."
95As much as I love Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and as much as it's really revolutionized the imaging business, it went off the rails in the sense that science fiction, historically, was a science fiction of ideas. It was thematic fiction. It stopped being that and became just pure eye candy and pure entertainment. And I miss that. With Alita: Battle Angel (2018). I'm going to flirt with that darker, dystopian message as much as I can, without making it an art film.
96[on using newly developed 3D cameras, and traditional film] "If I never touch film again, I'd be happy. Filmmaking is not about film, not about sprockets. It's about ideas, it's about images, it's about imagination, it's about storytelling. If I had the cameras I'm using now when I was shooting Titanic (1997), I would have shot it using them."
97A director's job is to make something happen and it doesn't happen by itself. So you wheedle, you cajole, you flatter people, you tell them what needs to be done. And if you don't bring a passion and an intensity to it, you shouldn't be doing it.
98Well, 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 (1997) was as much about that theme as the Terminator films, and in Aliens (1986), 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 (1997) 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...
99I went from driving a truck to becoming a movie director, with a little time working with Roger Corman in between. When I wrote The Terminator (1984), I sold the rights at that time - that was my shot to get the film made. So I've never owned the rights in the time that the franchise has been developed. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to direct the second film and do so on my own creative terms, which was good. But that was in 1991 and I've felt like it was time to move on. The primary reason for making a third one was financial, and that didn't strike me as organic enough a reason to be making a film.
100I was petrified at the start of The Terminator (1984). First of all, I was working with a star, at least I thought of him as a star at the time. Arnold came out of it even more a star.
101...you can read all the books about filmmaking, all the articles in American Cinematographer and that sort of thing, but you have to really see how it works on a day-to-day basis, and how to pace your energy so that you can survive the film, which was a lesson that took me a long time to learn.
102People 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.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesYears of Living Dangerously (2014)· Joel Bach (executive producer)
· David Gelber (executive producer)
· Daniel Abbasi (executive producer)
· Jerry Weintraub (executive producer)
· Arnold Schwarzenegger (executive producer)
· Solly Granatstein (co-executive producer)
· Jennifer Latham (supervising producer)
· Adam Bolt (senior producer)
· Jacob Kornbluth (producer)
2011Harold Lloyd Award3D Creative Arts Awards
2011Golden EagleGolden Eagle Awards, RussiaBest Foreign FilmAvatar (2009)
2011Milestone AwardPGA Awards
2010Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaMotion Picture
2010Modern Master AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalAvatar (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
20103-D AwardVenice Film FestivalMost Creative 3D Film Stereoscopic Film of the YearAvatar (2009)
2010Lifetime Achievement AwardVisual Effects Society Awards
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureAvatar (2009)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingAvatar (2009)
2010Visionary AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
2010Audience AwardCinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest Foreign-Language Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Avatar (2009)
2010Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2010Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest 3D Film Director (Regista del Miglior Film in 3D)Avatar (2009)
2009PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Film EditingAvatar (2009)· John Refoua
· Stephen E. Rivkin
2009Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on December 18, 2009 at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
2004Vanguard AwardPGA Awards
2004Nicola Tesla AwardSatellite Awards
2003President's AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

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2000Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardAmerican Cinema Editors, USA
1999MonitorInternational Monitor AwardsTheatrical Releases - Color CorrectionTitanic (1997)· David Bernstein
1999Readers' Choice AwardMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmTitanic (1997)
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardMalibu Film Festival
1998PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, DramaTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Film EditingTitanic (1997)· Conrad Buff IV
· Richard A. Harris
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureTitanic (1997)
1998President's AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1998AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Titanic (1997)
1998EddieAmerican Cinema Editors, USABest Edited Feature FilmTitanic (1997)· Conrad Buff IV
· Richard A. Harris
1998Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmTitanic (1997)
1998Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesTitanic (1997)· Grant Hill (unit production manager plaque)
· Anna Roth (unit production manager plaque)
· Sharon Mann (unit production manager plaque)
· Jon Landau (unit production manager plaque)
· Josh McLaglen (first assistant director plaque)
· Batan Silva (second assistant director plaque)
· Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak (second assistant director plaque)
1998Hochi Film AwardHochi Film AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmTitanic (1997)
1998Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International FilmTitanic (1997)
1998Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama PictureTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Film EditingTitanic (1997)· Conrad Buff IV
· Richard A. Harris
1998OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Film EditingTitanic (1997)· Conrad Buff IV
· Richard A. Harris
1997KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1997Special CitationNational Board of Review, USATitanic (1997)
1995ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAProducer of the Year
1995Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorTrue Lies (1994)
1992Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
1992Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
1992HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)· William Wisher Jr. (written by)
1992Readers' Choice AwardMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
1991Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Abyss (1989)
1990Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign FilmThe Abyss (1989)
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorAliens (1986)
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingAliens (1986)
1987HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationAliens (1986)· David Giler (story)
· Walter Hill (story)
· Dan O'Bannon (based on characters created by)
· Ronald Shusett (based on characters created by)
1987Readers' Choice AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmAliens (1986)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRambo: First Blood Part II (1985)· Sylvester Stallone
· Kevin Jarre (story)
1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe Terminator (1984)· Gale Anne Hurd
1985Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Terminator (1984)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationBest Limited SeriesYears of Living Dangerously (2014)· Daniel Abbasi (executive producer)
· Joel Bach (executive producer)
· David Gelber (executive producer)
· Arnold Schwarzenegger (executive producer)
· Jerry Weintraub (executive producer)
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film DirectorAvatar (2009)
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest FilmAvatar (2009)
2010PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau
2010WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayAvatar (2009)
2010OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau
2010OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingAvatar (2009)
2010OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Film EditingAvatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau
2010David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2010BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest EditingAvatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010EddieAmerican Cinema Editors, USABest Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)Avatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2010Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeCinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest Foreign-Language Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Avatar (2009)
2010CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Avatar (2009)
2010DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Avatar (2009)
2010DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesAvatar (2009)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorAvatar (2009)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsFilm EditingAvatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010HPA AwardsHollywood Post Alliance, USOutstanding Editing - Feature FilmAvatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormAvatar (2009)
2010IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)Avatar (2009)
2010ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearAvatar (2009)
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Film EditingAvatar (2009)· Stephen E. Rivkin
· John Refoua
2010OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureAvatar (2009)· Jon Landau (producer)
2009Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearAvatar (2009)
2009HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for Non-Fiction ProgrammingExpedition: Bismarck (2002)· Gary Johnstone (director)
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary (New for DVD)Aliens (1986)· Michael Biehn
· Jenette Goldstein
· Carrie Henn
· Christopher Henn
· Lance Henriksen
· Gale Anne Hurd
· Pat McClung
· Bill Paxton
· Dennis Skotak
· Robert Skotak
· Stan Winston
1999CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Titanic (1997)
1999ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearTitanic (1997)
1998Golden AriesRussian Guild of Film CriticsBest Foreign FilmTitanic (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalTitanic (1997)
1998TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenTitanic (1997)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureTitanic (1997)
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmTitanic (1997)· Jon Landau
1998David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsTitanic (1997)
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest EditingTitanic (1997)· Conrad Buff IV
· Richard A. Harris
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenTitanic (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayTitanic (1997)
1996Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingStrange Days (1995)· Jay Cocks
1992Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)· William Wisher Jr.
1991Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe Abyss (1989)
1990HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Abyss (1989)
1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Terminator (1984)
1983International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmPiranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorAvatar (2009)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Film EditingAvatar (2009)· John Refoua
· Stephen E. Rivkin
1998SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)
1997STFC AwardSociety of Texas Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorTitanic (1997)


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avatar 52023characters announced
Avatar 42022characters pre-production
Avatar 32020characters / written by pre-production
Untitled Terminator Reboot2019characters announced
Avatar 22018characters / screenplay pre-production
Alita: Battle Angel2018screenplay filming
Untitled Animated Action Adventureoriginated by announced
Terminator 2 Remake with Joseph Baena: Bad to the Bone2016Short characters
Toruk: The First Flight2016TV Movie collaborating writer
Terminator Genisys2015characters
Avatar2009written by
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles2008-2009TV Series characters - 31 episodes
Terminator 3: Redemption2004Video Game characters
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines2003Video Game characters
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines2003characters
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate2002Video Game characters
Dark AngelTV Series created by - 42 episodes, 2000 - 2002 story - 1 episode, 2002 written by - 1 episode, 2000
Titanic1997written by
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time1996Short
Strange Days1995screenplay / story
True Lies1994screenplay
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991written by
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Video Game story
Terminator1991Short concept
Terminator 2: The Arcade Game1991Video Game story
The Terminator1991Video Game characters
The Abyss1989written by
Aliens1986/Iscreenplay / story
Rambo: First Blood Part II1985screenplay
The Terminator1984written by
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning1981screenplay - as H.A. Milton
Xenogenesis1978Short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avatar 52023producer announced
Avatar 42022producer pre-production
Avatar 32020producer pre-production
Untitled Terminator Reboot2019producer announced
Avatar 22018producer pre-production
Alita: Battle Angel2018producer filming
The Informationistproducer announced
The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Backproducer delayed
Years of Living Dangerously2014-2016TV Series documentary executive producer - 17 episodes
Toruk: The First Flight2016TV Movie collaborating producer
Beyond Glory2015executive producer
Deepsea Challenge 3D2014Documentary producer
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away2012executive producer
Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron2012TV Movie documentary executive producer
Sanctum2011executive producer
Avatar2009producer
The Lost Tomb of Jesus2007TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Exodus Decoded2006TV Movie documentary executive producer
Titanic Adventure2005TV Movie documentary producer
Last Mysteries of the Titanic2005TV Movie documentary producer
Aliens of the Deep2005Documentary producer
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea2003Short documentary executive producer
Ghosts of the Abyss2003Documentary producer
Expedition: Bismarck2002TV Movie documentary producer
Solaris2002producer
Dark Angel2000-2002TV Series executive producer - 42 episodes
Titanic Explorer1998Video Game executive producer
Titanic1997producer
Strange Days1995producer
True Lies1994producer
Point Break1991executive producer
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991producer
Xenogenesis1978Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avatar 52023announced
Avatar 42022pre-production
Avatar 32020pre-production
Avatar 22018pre-production
The Informationistannounced
The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Backdelayed
Toruk: The First Flight2016TV Movie collaborating director
Avatar2009
Aliens of the Deep2005Documentary
Ghosts of the Abyss2003Documentary
Expedition: Bismarck2002TV Movie documentary
Dark Angel2002TV Series 1 episode
Earthship.TV2001TV Movie
Titanic1997
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time1996Short
Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time Pre-Show1996Short
True Lies1994
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991
The Abyss1989
Martini Ranch: Reach1988Video short
Aliens1986/I
The Terminator1984
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning1981
Xenogenesis1978Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live1999-2010TV SeriesJames Cameron
Entourage2005-2006TV SeriesJames Cameron
Duets2000Karaoke singer (uncredited)
The Muse1999James Cameron
Titanic1997Steerage Dancer (uncredited)

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avatar 42022pre-production
Avatar 32020film editor pre-production
Avatar 22018pre-production
Avatar2009edited by
Titanic1997
Strange Days1995uncredited
True Lies1994uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deepsea Challenge 3D2014Documentary presenter
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away2012presenter
Sanctum2011presenter
Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator'2001Video documentary archive: archival artwork and photos
Alien Nation1988re-write - uncredited
Aliens1986/Iqueen alien designer - uncredited
Rock 'n' Roll High School1979production assistant - uncredited

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apollo 131995visual effects consultant - uncredited
Escape from New York1981director of photography: special visual effects - as Jim Cameron / matte artwork - as Jim Cameron
Battle Beyond the Stars1980additional director of photography: special photographic effects - as Jim Cameron / miniature design and construction - as Jim Cameron

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Titanic1997director of photography: Titanic deep dive / special camera equipment designer
Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss'1993Video documentary director of photography: additional photography

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Titanic1997artist: Jack's sketches - uncredited
Android1982design consultant - as Jim Cameron

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galaxy of Terror1981
Xenogenesis1978Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aliens of the Deep2005Documentary

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Battle Beyond the Stars1980as Jim Cameron

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galaxy of Terror1981second unit director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hren' 2.02016TV Series special mention - 1 episode
Passage to Mars2016Documentary special thanks
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn2015special thanks
The Dark Horse2014very special thanks
Gravity2013the producers would like to thank
Pacific Rim2013special thanks
All Is Lost2013the producers wish to thank: for the studio
The Killers In Connecticut2012very special thanks
Terminator: Termination2012Short special thanks - as James Cameron and his Lawyers
We Are One2012Short acknowledgment
Derrière les murs2011thanks
Rusted Pyre2011Short thanks
Every 28 Days2010Short special thanks
Crew Film: TheVolume2010very special thanks
Rien de 92010TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Big Kids2009Short grateful thanks
Weird Science Whatever2008Short special thanks for inspiration
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert2008Documentary special thanks
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over2003special thanks
Iron and Beyond2002Video documentary short special thanks
We Get to Win This Time2002Video short documentary special thanks
From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking2001Video documentary short special thanks
Frailty2001special thanks
Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator'2001Video documentary special thanks
Alien: Resurrection2000Video Game special thanks
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter1999Video special thanks - as Jim Cameron
Requiem1999/IIShort special thanks
Virus1999special thanks
StarCraft1998Video Game thanks
HBO First Look1997TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Spawn1997thanks
Traveller1997special thanks
Urban Strike1994Video Game special thanks
Cronos1993special thanks
Jungle Strike1993Video Game special thanks
The Making of 'The Terminator': A Retrospective1992Video documentary short special thanks
The Making of 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'1991TV Short documentary special thanks
Blue Steel1990special thanks - as J. C.

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Side by Side Extra: Volume Three2014DocumentaryHimself
Deepsea Challenge 3D2014DocumentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mission Blue2014DocumentaryHimself
Click Online2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Dann Firestorm: I Am Film2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Secret Life of Old Rose: The Art of Gloria Stuart2012DocumentaryHimself
Reflections on Titanic2012DocumentaryHimself
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
CBS This Morning: Saturday2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron2012TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Sky News: Live at Five2012TV SeriesHimself
Titanic: 100 Years On2012Himself
Side by Side2012DocumentaryHimself
James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Call for Renewable Energy in Brazil2011Video documentary shortHimself
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan2011DocumentaryHimself - Director of Terminator & Avata
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind2011TV Series documentary
Brian May's Brief History of 3D2011DocumentaryHimself
Science-fiction et paranoïa. La culture de la peur aux Etats-Unis2011DocumentaryHimself
Nijuu hibaku, Kataribe Yamaguchi Tsutomu no yuigon2011Documentary shortHimself
Janela Indiscreta2011TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Producer, Sanctum
Mark at the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Solartaxi: Around the World with the Sun2010DocumentaryHimself
A Message from Pandora2010Video documentary shortHimself
Avatar: Production Materials2010Video shortHimself
Capturing Avatar2010Video documentaryHimself
Aliens: Enhancement Pods2010Video documentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Democracy Now!2010TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Film Editing and Nominee: Best Director & Best Picture
8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special2010TV SpecialHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
60 Minutes2009-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Kathryn Bigelow") / Himself (segment "Cameron's Avatar")
Live from Studio Five2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet2010TV SpecialHimself
Beyond Words2010Video documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1997-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The View2005-2010TV SeriesHimself
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Canada for Haiti2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Jay Leno Show2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Director & Best Motion Picture - Drama
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 31989-2009TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron1997-2009TV SeriesHimself - Avatar / Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Kurôzu appu gendai2009TV SeriesHimself
Fantástico2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2009TV SeriesHimself
Odyssey: Driving Around the World2007TV SeriesHimself
Mars Rising2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Creating an X52007Video documentary shortHimself
Dark Angel: Genesis2007Video documentary shortHimself
Max Resurrected2007Video documentary shortHimself
Seattle Ain't What It Used to Be2007Video documentary shortHimself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies2007TV SeriesHimself
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood Science2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Beyond Tomorrow2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Exodus Decoded2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon2006DocumentaryHimself
Titanic Adventure2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Titanic: Deep Dive Presentation2005Video shortHimself
Titanic: EPK Press Kit2005Video documentary shortHimself
Titanic's Production: Behind the Scenes2005Video documentaryHimself
The Terminator: Closer to the Real Thing2005Video documentary shortHimself
Unstoppable Force: The Legacy of 'The Terminator'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Last Mysteries of the Titanic2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas2005TV SpecialHimself
Aliens of the Deep2005DocumentaryHimself
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection2005Video documentary
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary shortHimself - Writer-Director, 'Titanic'
Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens'2003Video documentaryHimself
'Solaris': Behind the Planet2003Video documentary shortHimself
No Fate But What We Make: 'Terminator 2' and the Rise of Digital Effects2003Video documentary shortHimself
T2: On the Set2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Buzz2003TV SeriesHimself
Ghosts of the Abyss2003DocumentaryHimself
Expedition: Bismarck2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Iron and Beyond2002Video documentary shortHimself - Director
HBO First Look1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
WWE Raw2002TV SeriesHimself
From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking2001Video documentary shortHimself - Filmmaker
Alien Evolution2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
2001 ABC World Stunt Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator'2001Video documentaryHimself - Writer & Director
2001: The Making of a Myth2001TV Short documentaryHimself - Narrator
Heroes for the Planet: A Tribute to National Geographic2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
2000 ALMA Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Ultimate Auction2000TV MovieHimself - Introduction (segment "Titanic")
The Making of 'Terminator 2 3D'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Auto Motives2000ShortHimself
Virus: Ghost in the Machine1999Video documentary shortHimself
Ray Harryhausen: Working with Dinosaurs1999TV SpecialHimself
From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture / Favorite Motion Picture
Titanic Explorer1998Video GameHimself (voice)
Martian Mania: The True Story of The War of the Worlds1998TV Movie documentaryHost
Mad About You1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Film Editing / Winner: Best Director and Best Picture
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The 50th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Titanic: Breaking New Ground1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Screenplay and Winner: Best Director & Best Motion Picture Drama
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute1998TV SpecialHimself
Directors: James Cameron1997Video documentaryHimself
Magacine1997TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
Movie Magic1994-1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Your Studio and You1995ShortHimself (uncredited)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Lista Top 401994TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'True Lies'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
T2: More Than Meets the Eye1993Video short documentaryHimself
Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss'1993Video documentaryHimself
1992 MTV Movie Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Alien 3'1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Terminator': A Retrospective1992Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'1991TV Short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Abyss'1989Video documentary shortHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'Terminator'1984TV Short documentaryHimself
Eating You Alive2016DocumentaryHimself
SCORE: A Film Music Documentary2016DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Today1994-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
MythBusters2012-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Upgrades: VFX of 'Terminator Genisys'2015Video documentary shortHimself
Dream Camp California2014TV Mini-Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2010-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Director / Himself - Director (segment "Kathryn Bigelow") / Himself (segment "Cameron's Avatar")
Greatest 90s Movies2016TV MovieHimself
30 Greatest Disaster Movies2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director, Titanic
Troldspejlet2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Director / Himself - Producer / Director / ...
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Kurôzu appu gendai2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
Running with Arnold2006DocumentaryHimself
The 'Alien' Saga2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Who Is Alan Smithee?2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Beyond Titanic1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill1997TV Movie documentaryHimself

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