17 Nov
The man, the myth, the genius and the megalomaniac

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If you’re a fan of sci-fi or film in general, I highly recommend Dana Goodyear’s interview with James Cameron in the latest issue of the New Yorker. It’s an incredibly insightful, well written examination of one of America’s best auteur filmmakers, living or dead. (If you don’t think so, best be prepared for a heated bar stool discussion — how can you argue with Terminator, Abyss, T2 and Aliens?…and you know what, I even liked Titanic too. There, I said it: I liked Titanic.)

Goodyear lifts the blanket off Cameron’s maniacally detailed creative process, taking you through some of his most famous past productions (successes, obstacles, failures), and highlights the technological advances that are being employed in Avatar which promise to make it one of the most revolutionary films of present day. And it’s all fleshed out with personal anecdotes from some of Cameron’s closest collaborators, friends, and enemies, including former wives Gale Anne Hurd and Linda Hamilton, Fox executives, actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Paxton, and even legendary peers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Great stuff.

A peek into the madness of scale that is a James Cameron production:

He designed a seven-hundred-and-seventy-five-foot-long set—a seven-eighths-scale replica of the Titanic, which could tilt on hydraulics and be flooded at will. There was no tank big enough to contain it, so Fox, for the first time in its history, built a studio from the ground up, in Rosarito, Mexico. There were thousands of actors; Cameron directed, over a loudspeaker, while sitting on top of a tower crane.

Now that’s insane. And here’s a nice little quote about expectations for whatever he has planned after Avatar

When someone in the audience asked about Cameron’s next movie, he replied, “You know, it’s not a great time to ask a woman if she wants to have other kids when she’s crowning.”

For all 4 people that haven’t seen the Avatar trailer yet, here it is below…

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5 Responses to “James Cameron “New Yorker” Interview”

  1. […] here is a good interview done this weekend by 60 Minutes. A lot of the info is repeated  from that New Yorker interview, but there are a few flashes of new creatures I haven’t seen on previous vignettes. Good […]

  2. […] who reads this site with any regularity knows that I’ve been anticipating Avatar with my Geek Phaser set on Mutilate. It’s fair to say that this is the most energized […]

  3. Avatar was a great movie, I just watched it a few day ago. I don’t usually go to the theather because I get nervious around a lot people but I think I’ll give this one a shot because people are saying that it’s even better on the big screen, I think it might be in 3D. Anyway the movie Avatar get two thumbs up from me, I watch all of my movies at voobymovies,com if anyone was wondering and it’s free

  4. Fantastic to see the love being spread here! Try to smile, laugh and enjoy each and every day!

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    “(RED) China MUST OWN the New World Order”

    AND as it comes to light that globalist (a la Gates)
    funded labs are running China’s VAST forced abortion and
    ‘eugenics’ operations —it comes to light that –some–
    of the unborn are being kept alive outside the mother
    —for ‘further study’…

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