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Biography #2 (for Aliens of the Deep)

Bom in Kapuskasing, Ontario, James Cameron grew up near Niagara Falls and, in 1971, moved to Brea, California, where he studied physics at Fullerton College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver.

Self-taught in filmmaking and visual effect,, Cameron went to work for low-budget producer Roger Comm on Battle Beyond the Stars in 1980. In 1984, he directed The Terminator from his own screenplay. Cameron has since written and directed Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic. Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, including Cameron's 0scacs for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Picture, and has grossed $1.8 billion at the box office, more than any other film. Cameron then cocreated and produced 44 episodes of Dark Angel, which gained a loyal following and a number of prestigious nominations and awards.

In 1995, Cameron made 12 dives to the Titanic wreck to gather shots for his feature film. In recent years, his desire to bring profound experience of deep-ocean exploration to audiences around the world motivated Cameron to turn to documentary filmmaking and the development of a 3-D Reality Camera System, which he codeveloped with PaceTechnologies and Sony. Cameron worked with his brother Mike to design and build underwater housings that enable the cameras to be taken to depths of up to 20,000 feet and two ROVs with the capability to explore anywhere inside deep shipwrecks. The expedition was the subject of Cameron's 3-D IMAX movie, Ghosts of the Abyss. In May of 2002, Cameron guided his robotic cameras inside the wreck of the battleship Bismarck which resulted in groundbreaking discoveries about the sinking of the legendary German battleship and the Discovery Channel documentary, James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck. Cameron has made a total of 49 dives in the MIR submersibles and currently co-owns the two Deep Rover submersibles. For Aliens of the Deep, he codirected topside scenes and directed underwater scenes, as well as operated the deep-ocean camera system. His Earthship Productions documentary company is planning future ocean expeditions to be interspersed with feature films which he will produce

and direct under his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. He serves on the NASA Advisory Council and is involved in space policy and exploration, as well as ocean exploration and conservation.

Bio courtesy Buena Vista for "Aliens of the Deep" (18-Feb-2006)

Biography #3 (for Ghosts of the Abyss)

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, James Cameron grew up near 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. Setting his sights on a career in film, Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from a consortium of local dentists to produce a 35mm short film. He served as producer, director, co-writer, editor, miniature builder, cinematographer and special effects supervisor on that production.

Cameron's maiden film project led to a position at Roger Corman's New World Pictures, working on Battle Beyond the Stars, on which he served in multiple capacities, including production designer. He was soon able to parlay this experience into a stint as Second Unit Director on Galaxy of Terror. Convinced that he'd found his calling, Cameron decided to write his own script and attach himself to direct. That fateful decision led to Cameron's 1984 sleeper hit, The Terminator, which launched his directorial career.

Since that time, Cameron has served as writer, producer, director, and/or editor on such films as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Aliens, The Abyss, Point Break, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic. His films have blazed new trails in visual and sound effects and set numerous performance records both domestically and abroad. Titanic, which Cameron wrote, produced and directed, currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records, having grossed over $1.8 billion at the global box office. Cameron's films have also earned numerous nominations and awards from a variety of organizations, culminating in Titanic's record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including Cameron's three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing.

In recent years, Cameron has explored other entertainment avenues, including a small screen maiden television effort, the one-hour dramatic television series Dark Angel, which won the People's Choice Award for Best New Television Drama.

Cameron is continuing his passion for exploration by immersing himself in the study of man's potential next great step in the exploration of space: Mars. Through extensive research, and working closely with experts at NASA and throughout the private sector, Cameron has developed a wholly feasible near-term mission architecture, which could put man on the red planet within the next 15 years. These central plans provide the spine of a group of related entertainment projects that Cameron is currently working on, including a novel, which he is co-writing.

Cameron recently produced an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction classic Solaris, which was written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, and he produced and directed James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck, a two-hour documentary on the German battleship for the Discovery Channel. He is also in various stages of development and pre-production on a number of feature film projects. Cameron has yet to identify his next directorial feature film effort.

Bio courtesy Disney for "Ghosts of the Abyss" (14-Apr-2003)