TED2010

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

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)

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