James enjoys scuba diving.
James and his brother Mike earned 5 patents from the equipment that they designed to film under water for the movie "The Abyss".
James attended Fullerton College in California.
James appeared in an uncredited role in his movie "Titanic".
James wrote and directed the short film "Xeogenesis", when he was a film student.
James was the co-creator of the series Dark Angel. The only episode of the show that he directed was "Freak Nation", at the time is was shot it was not know that it would be the series finale.
James directed the music video to for Martini Ranch's song "Reach".
In 2007 James was ranked #3 on Entertainment Weekly's list of "The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood".
In 2003 James was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming for the TV documentary "Expedition: Bismarck", he shares the nomination with co-director Gary Johnstone.
In "Terminator 2" The screams you hear from the dying T-1000 actually belong to James.
James's dog, Wolfie, a German Shepherd, was in "The Terminator" in the scene at the hotel. The name of the dog was also in "Terminator 2" as the 'test' name used when the Terminator called John's parents.
James was involved in a lawsuit with Harland Ellison over the movie "The Terminator", Ellison claimed that the story was plagiarized from two of his Outer Limits episodes. They settled out of court, however, the film now acknowledge Ellison in the credits.
In 1998 James won 3 Oscar Awards for "Titanic", Best Director; Best Film Editing, shared with Conrad Buff and Richard A. Harris; Best Picture, shared with Jon Landau.
Star Wars (1977) inspired him to become a director.
James has invented a new generation stereo imaging camera named The Fusion Camera.
James wrote the scripts for Spider Man (2002) and Planet of the Apes (2001), but the studios preferred the versions of other directors.
The name of Summer Glau's character Cameron (Phillips) in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was intended as a homage to James, the writer and director of the original Terminator movies. He also wrote for the TV series.
James is a member of the American Cinema Editors society (ACE).
James is a big fan of Japanese anime.
James is the eldest of five children. His mom, Shirley, was an artist while his father, Philip, was an electrical engineer.
Besides working as a truck driver, James Was also employed in a machine shop, worked as a bus driver, and painted pictures to earn a living while continuing to write at night.
James conceived the story for The Terminator while he was in Rome. He sold the rights to the script to producer Gale Anne Hurd for only one dollar, on the condition that he will direct the film. The Terminator became one of his international hits.
As a teen, he used to create his own comic books. This talent in drawing helped him later in his filmmaking career on coming up with storyboards. He also filmed 16mm home movies just for fun.
James' production company is Lightstorm Entertainment. He is also one of the founders of Digital Domain, a visual effects company.
James is 6'2" (1.88m.) tall.
James's movie Titanic won eleven Oscar Awards and was nominated for another 3. It grossed 1.2 billion dollars, worldwide, at the box-office.
His nickname is Iron Jim. The name was coined due to his stern, stubborn nature as a director.
James Cameron: I couldn't see myself as a future film director. In fact, there was a definite feeling on my part that those people were somehow born into it, almost like a caste system. Little kids from a small town in Canada didn't get to direct movies.
James Cameron: I was petrified at the start of "Terminator". First of all, I was working with a star, at least I thought of him as a star at the time. Arnold came out of it even more a star.
James Cameron: (about "The Terminator") That was the purest experience, even though it was the cheapest one and the cheesiest looking one.
James Cameron: (about his decision to turn down doing the movie) Basically because I had told the story. To make Terminator 3 was to make a 3.
James: (message to aspiring directors) I tell them that no two people will ever do it the same way, and there is nothing I can say that will help you. Whatever your talents are, whatever your strengths and weaknesses, you have to find the path that's going to work for you.
James: (on his achievements) I think chance is not a big factor in the long run. It can be a huge factor in the short run, being at the right place at the right time. But even with that chance, the critical factor is being able to recognize a true opportunity and seize it the moment it presents itself, and not wait and over think it, because it will pass.
James: (on the future of film, in an interview on April 2007) I can imagine the dense fantasy worlds I like to create for movies having an equal or greater life in a world of interactive play, authored by others, in a partnership. Of course, add massive multiplayer capability to this, and people will never leave their homes.
James: (on the filmmaking technology Performance Capture) I expect that more filmmakers will embrace the technique and apply it to different types of scenarios. For the creation of fantasy and science-fiction characters, Perfcap will largely replace makeup and prosthetics.
James: (on '2001: A Space Odyssey') As soon as I saw that, I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. It hit me on a lot of different levels. I just couldn't figure out how he did all that stuff, and I just had to learn.
James: The film industry is about saying 'no' to people, and inherently you
cannot take 'no' for an answer.
James: (on his transformation and obsession with filmmaking after dropping out of college) I went from being a bum who liked to smoke dope and hang out by the river drinking beer and race around in a fast junk-heap cars to this completely obsessed maniac.
James: Everyone around me had basically said, 'You stink. You suck. You don't know what you're doing.'
James: Filmmaking is not about sprockets. It's about ideas, it's about images, it's about imagination, and it's about storytelling.
James: You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything.
James: A director's job is to make something happen and it doesn't happen by itself. So you wheedle, you cajole, you flatter people, you tell them what needs to be done. And if you don't bring a passion and an intensity to it, you shouldn't be doing it.
James: I don't look at scripts. I just write them.
James: People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do something until it's right, and then I move on to the next thing.