Titanic: About The Filmmakers

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Director/Writer/Producer/Editor JAMES CAMERON was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California, where he studied physics at Fullerton College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. In 1978, setting his sights on a career in film, Cameron raised money from a consortium of dentists to produce a short film in 35mm. He served as producer, director, co-writer, editor, miniature builder, cinematographer and special effects supervisor.

In 1980, his work on the short film led to a position at Roger Corman's New World Pictures on "Battle Beyond the Stars." In the frenzied world of low-budget guerrilla filmmaking, Cameron found a home on the production where he could again wear many hats: miniature builder, model unit DP and matte painter among them. Most importantly, he became the art director of the picture's main unit and found the energy of the set exhilarating.

Determined to direct, Cameron parlayed his production designer job on a subsequent Corman film, "Galaxy of Terror," into a stint as second unit director. When the production fell behind schedule, Corman asked him to shoot some dialogue scenes with principal cast. Finding the work with actors exciting, Cameron began preparing a script for himself to direct.

Cameron wrote "The Terminator" in 1982, hoping to couple his effects and design experience with a low-budget high-impact vehicle that could find independent financing. After two lean years, Cameron finally brought the film before cameras as a Hemdale/HBO co-production released by Orion. Though costing only $6 million, the film received international acclaim, appeared on numerous 10 best lists (including Time magazine) and made over $80 million worldwide.

While waiting for financing for "The Terminator," Cameron wrote two scripts to keep busy. In a three-month period he wrote (with Sylvester Stallone) "Rambo: First Blood Part II" and "Aliens," the sequel to the 1979 science fiction classic "Alien." "Rambo II" later became an international mega-hit grossing over $250 million globally.

After the success of "The Terminator," Cameron agreed to direct "Aliens" and plunged into production in 1985. Shot in England and released in the summer of 1986, "Aliens" received seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Actress for Sigourney Weaver. The film won Oscars® for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects. "Aliens" became one of the most successful R-rated films of all time, grossing over $180 million worldwide.

In 1988-89, Cameron wrote and directed his next project, the underwater epic "The Abyss," which required 18 months to complete. It starred Ed Harris, Michael Biehn and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and received four Academy Award® nominations. "The Abyss" blazed a new trail for visual effects with the creation of photo-realistic computer animation. It won the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects and grossed $110 million worldwide.

Cameron next co-wrote "Point Break" with Kathryn Bigelow, who directed. He was executive producer of the film which made over $100 million worldwide and topped video rental charts for five weeks.

As writer, producer and director of 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Cameron achieved a new high-water mark for action and visual effects. Building on techniques pioneered in "The Abyss," he worked with ILM to create computer animated images for this visual tour de force which came to be known globally as "T2" and earned over $500 million in worldwide grosses, close to $1 billion with worldwide ancillary revenues.

In addition to box office success, "T2" received six Academy Award® nominations of which it won four: Best Makeup, Sound, Visual Effects and Sound Effects Editing. It also received the Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Screenwriting, five Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and six MTV Movie Awards. "T2" also won the People's Choice Award and took honors at the Video Software Dealers Awards and the first annual Laser Disc Awards.

In 1994, Cameron wrote, produced and directed the action-comedy "True Lies," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. The flagship film for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and the first feature with special effects by his own effects studio, Digital Domain, "True Lies" grossed over $365 million in worldwide box office. The following year, Lightstorm presented "Strange Days," directed by Kathryn Bigelow from a screenplay by Cameron and Jay Cocks. Cameron produced with Steven Charles Jaffe.

Also in 1995, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the same organization which awarded James Cameron the Director of the Year Award earlier in his career, presented him with the Producer of the Year Award. In addition, the Laser Disc Association presented him with the Laser Beam Award for selling 500,000 units of his critically-acclaimed laser discs.

Producer JON LANDAU began a professional relationship with James Cameron during "True Lies" in his capacity as executive vice president of feature production at 20th Century Fox. During his five-and-a-half years in that post, he supervised production on many major motion pictures from Fox, including "Die Hard 2," the "Home Alone" films, "White Men Can't Jump," "Last of the Mohicans," "Alien3," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Speed," "Waiting to Exhale" and "Broken Arrow." Landau was co-producer on "Dick Tracy" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." He produced "Campus Man" for Paramount. Born in New York City, Landau is a graduate of USC.

RAE SANCHINI serves as Executive Producer of the film and is president of James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. She served as executive producer on Lightstorm's other recent productions, "True Lies" and "Strange Days." Prior to joining Lightstorm in 1992, Sanchini served as an executive at Carolco Pictures Inc. after graduating from UCLA's JD/MBA program in 1987.

For "Titanic," Director of Photography RUSSELL CARPENTER , A.S.C., joins James Cameron for the third time. In addition to the action-comedy "True Lies," he shot the spectacular multi-media footage for "T2-3D," on view only at Universal's Orlando theme park. In contrast to his many action credits, "The Indian in the Cupboard" revealed an intimate photographic style developed by Carpenter for the delicacy of the story. His film credits also include "Hard Target," "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman," "The Lawnmower Man," "Perfect Weapon," "Solar Crisis," the haunting "Lady in White" and the recent "Money Talks." With Stan Winston directing, Carpenter photographed the Michael Jackson music video "Ghosts."

Production Designer PETER LAMONT was very happy when Jim Cameron asked him to take charge of "Titanic," presenting an irresistible challenge to an already notable career. Earning an Academy Award® nomination for "Aliens," Lamont's first collaboration with Cameron, he returned for "True Lies." Mastering the art of combining glamour and action during the course of 15 James Bond films, his feature film credits include "GoldenEye," "Licence to Kill," "The Living Daylights," "A View to a Kill," "Octopussy" and "For Your Eyes Only." Lamont also earned Oscar® nods for his work on "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

"Titanic" marks the fourth Cameron film CONRAD BUFF , A.C.E. has edited, with "The Abyss," "True Lies" and "T2" in their history together. He received ACE nominations for "True Lies" and "T2," the latter also earning him an Academy Award® nomination. Recently, Buff edited "Dante's Peak," "Species" and "SwitchBack." His films also include "Jennifer 8," "Jagged Edge" and "The Getaway."

Editor RICHARD A. HARRIS came onboard for "T2," returned for "True Lies" and counts "Titanic" as his third collaboration with James Cameron. He received ACE nominations for "True Lies" and "T2," the latter also earning him an Oscar® nod. For his contribution to "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," Harris won an Emmy, a CableACE and the Eddy Award from the ACE. Selected credits include "L.A. Story," "The Bodyguard," "Fletch," "The Bad News Bears," "The Candidate" and "Downhill Racer."

Costume Designer DEBORAH L. SCOTT brings to "Titanic" the wealth of her film experience and the richness of her research. As comfortable in period work as she is in contemporary, Scott's films include "Heat," "Legends of the Fall," "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," "The Indian in the Cupboard," "Hoffa," "Defending Your Life," "Back to the Future" and "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."

Composer JAMES HORNER last worked with James Cameron on "Aliens," for which he received Academy Award® and Grammy Award nominations. They share an association that began when working together on films for Roger Corman. Known for his stylistic variety, the prolific composer has scored more than 70 motion pictures since 1980, including "Apollo 13," "Braveheart," "Field of Dreams," "An American Tail," "The Devil's Own," "Ransom," "Legends of the Fall," "Clear and Present Danger," "Patriot Games," "Casper," "Sneakers," "Glory," "Willow," "The Name of the Rose," "Cocoon" and "48 HRS." A three-time Grammy Award winner, Horner has also been nominated for five Academy Awards® and four Golden Globe Awards.

Visual Effects Supervisor ROB LEGATO received an Academy Award® nomination and a British (BAFTA) Academy Award for his stellar contribution to "Apollo 13." Previously, he had served as visual effects supervisor and 2nd unit director on Neil Jordan's "Interview With the Vampire." Legato earned two Emmy Awards for Best Visual Effects for his work on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in the varying roles of visual effects supervisor, visual effects producer, 2nd unit and episode director. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, Legato began his career working on live-action-oriented TV commercials.

Special Effects Coordinator THOMAS L. FISHER has conceived and constructed some of the most spectacular effects in motion pictures. Quietly, with his son and partner Scott, Fisher figured out how to repeatedly sink half a ship weighing over one million pounds.

Another veteran of "T2" and "True Lies," Fisher's non-Cameron action films include "Batman," "Last Action Hero," "Total Recall," "Last of the Mohicans," "Blade Runner" and the "Rambo" film trilogy.

Stunt Coordinator SIMON CRANE believes the 100 stunt people he used in the tilting poop deck scenes may represent one of the largest stunt sequences ever filmed. Even his warrior scenes in "Braveheart" were performed by only 35 stunt personnel. Crane has been the stunt/action coordinator on "GoldenEye," "101 Dalmatians" and more recently "Saving Private Ryan." For "Cliffhanger" he was the aerial stunt coordinator and performer for the daring plane to plane transfer. For "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" and "Hamlet," he was 2nd unit director as well.

A stunt performer on dozens of films, Crane was stunt double for many leading actors before making the jump to coordinator. In "Titanic," he was cast as 4th Officer Boxhall so he could be on deck in the middle of the action.

Marine Coordinator LANCE JULIAN considers his contribution to "Titanic" to be challenging although it was supportive rather than primary because "we were never on moving water." A veteran of "Cutthroat Island," "The Phantom" and "Waterworld," the New Zealand-born, Honolulu-based master mariner operated family marine businesses before lending his skills to motion pictures.

Key Makeup Artist TINA EARNSHAW researched not only the delicate makeup styles of the period, but worked with doctors and hospitals to study the effects of hypothermia on the human body for post-disaster sequences in "Titanic." Earnshaw's film credits include "Hamlet," "Jefferson in Paris," "Othello," "Emma," "Surviving Picasso" and the upcoming "Sliding Doors," starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and "Cinderella," starring Anjelica Huston and Drew Barrymore.

Key Hair Stylist SIMON THOMPSON has worked on films such as "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" and "Emma," as well as toured with performers such as Madonna and Liza Minnelli.

The film's Historian, DON LYNCH , is the official historian for the Titanic Historical Society. Born in Idaho and raised in the Northwest, Lynch discovered the story of Titanic as a teenager and began researching the disaster. In the nearly quarter of a century since, he has met with a number of survivors and their families and traveled to museums, libraries and archives throughout the United States, Ireland and England. Lynch is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Titanic . Together with Ken Marschall, Lynch authored Titanic: An Illustrated History .

Visual Historian KEN MARSCHALL is the world's foremost painter of the Titanic His thirty years of research and familiarity with Titanic s every structural detail assisted in the accurate re-creation of the film's sets and miniatures. Marschall's startlingly lifelike images reflect many years of close study of the ship and are famous for their accuracy as well as their dramatic artistry. Marschall's work has been featured on the covers of Time and Life , as well as in National Geographic , Smithsonian and in Dr. Robert Ballard's best-selling books The Discovery of the Titanic , The Discovery of the Bismarck and Exploring the Lusitania , and others. His paintings are prominently featured Titanic: An Illustrated History , on which he collaborated with Don Lynch. He is also a matte painter and did the paintings for such films as "The Winds of War," "The Terminator," "Stand by Me" and many others.

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