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Before Avatar … a curious boy: James Cameron on TED.com

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

James Cameron‘s big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.” (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:08)

Watch James Cameron’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 600+ TEDTalks.

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  • Peter Jacobs commented on Mar 12 2010

    I think James would be the perfect person to realize Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars trilogy” as a film or TV series

  • maria zero commented on Mar 10 2010

    In his later teens his family moved to Fullerton, California where he enrolled in Fullerton College. Without direction he decided to drop out and took a job as a truck driver. After seeing Star Wars his interest in film-making was rejuvenated and he hit the libraries again to study the craft.