James Cameron

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James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario in Canada on August 14 1954. His family later moved to Chippewa Falls near Niagara Falls. James Cameron was during his youth years always very fascinated with movies. He was mesmerized when he saw Stanley Kubrick's: A Space Odyssey, and he drew himself crazy trying to figure out how they had shot that film. Cameron also wrote sci-fi stories and fantasized more than completing his schoolwork. It was actually during one boring biology class that Cameron wrote a short story, which would later become the movie The Abyss.

When Cameron was 17, his family moved to Orange County, California because of his father's job. When Cameron moved to Orange County he learned that getting a career in movies might not be the easiest job to obtain. He let the hope of becoming someone in the movie business fade and he started studying physics and English at a local university for a more realistic future.

He later dropped out of both studies because the math in the physics course had been too difficult for Cameron to deal with.

James Cameron got a job as a miniature model maker at the Roger Corman Studios. This was a great opportunity to learn more about movies. The Roger Corman Studios made B-movies. They were fast and cheap productions, without any professionals, so Cameron fit right in. James quickly learned more about the business and moved up in rankings of the studio at a rapid pace. He jumped from one movie to another promptly and people were beginning to recognize his talent!

Cameron worked as art director on the sci-fi movie "Battle Beyond the Stars"; he did special effects work and direction on John Carpenter's Escape from New York. It wasn't until 1981 when Cameron got his first...