James Cameron, a Canadian Identity
I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.
Hasta La Vista Baby.
Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.
3 quotes. 3 great movies. 1 outstanding Canadian filmmaker.
Hi. You might have heard of me. my name is George Lucas. I’m the guy who spent my entire life creating the Star Wars Series. But I’m not here to gloat about my successes. I’m here today to talk about my good friend James Cameron. The creator of crazy Thrillers such as Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and many more captivating movies. I have just finished reading this book (pull out the book) and it has opened my eyes to what Canadian filmmakers can accomplish in the cinematic world. let me start from the beginning.
I first met Cameron back at the 2011 CinemaCon. we had a little interview in the stage but after it finished, He told me all about his life story and I was extremely fascinated about how he came to be. He was born in a little town called Kapuskasing in Ontario. He didn’t come from much but was always interested in writing movie scripts in his spare time. He told me at our interview together that he and his friends always galloped around Niagara falls shooting everything in sight. And that’s something I resonate with. He had the desire to make films even if he didn’t have “BEST equipment” or the “4000 dollar camera”. He did it anyway because it was his passion.
He was a truck driver for a couple of years, trying to earn some money for university. He obviously didn’t enjoy it but it was a choice he had to make for his future goals in the world of filmmaking. His dreams were always pushed aside as he was currently trying to get a science degree but still longed for the cinemas. At the age of 23, he made one of his biggest life decisions that anyone could ever take. My prominent movie, Star Wars 1977 was just released and he went out to the first showing. He told me about how fascinated he was in the special effects and how his eyes flared up with yearning. So, a week later he quit his job and went straight for film school.
You see, Cameron was a man who made something out of nothing. Many directors have such a strong passion for exact filmmaking but Cameron came from a science background. We always assume that most directors just went into digital studies like myself and focused on movie making but thats what makes Cameron different from the rest. He had made a decision to change his life and go into something completely different from what he planned.
This book captures the struggles of Cameron and describes what he did to overcome his cinematic challenges. It shows how a young Canadian can turn his entire career around if you truly believe in your goal. This book explores the idea of how filmmaking is a shot in the dark, especially for a boy who grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, if you are willing to take a risk in life, I assure you something cinematically amazing will come out of it.
take it from the Canadian filmmaker himself as he once said, “Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.”