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My search for the best (and most affordable) visual effects designer I could find led me to the Roger Corman Company. Corman is famous for making a lot of movies on very cheap budgets, employing first-timers who become big-timers—from Scorsese to Coppola to Howard. Everyone there was raving about a young hotshot who was the art director and visual effects guru on Roger’s latest $3-dollar (as in extremely low budget) sci-fi epic Battle Beyond the Stars. So I arranged to meet with him.
His name was James Cameron.
Though Jim reeked talent, no one would have guessed he was going to become one of the greatest filmmakers of our time.
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(Blog Update 1/12/2012: SHARE YOUR STORY. I’ve received so many emails from folks who wish to share their experiences as cancer patients or caregivers that I chose this blog page I had written about Cancer Awareness Months to offer a … Continue reading
I believe we are an incredibly lucky people and an honored nation to have this man in the White House. And many of us, do not deserve him. As much as I applaud and admire debate and hearing all sides … Continue reading
Everyone knows there is almost no commercial market for short films…so why make them? Every film regardless of its running length is a big investment in time, hassle, people, money, and dreams. The first film I made as a student … Continue reading
Magic! Movies have always been a magical world for me since I was a kid growing up in Egypt watching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies and The Ten Commandments which blew my mind. The magic continued when on my … Continue reading
“Yo Bubba, can we try that again…except this time try not to kill the guy!” I remember giving that direction to Bubba Smith on the set of Blue Thunder in 1984. I was teasing him about rough-housing a stuntman bad … Continue reading
When I heard about the Cowboys & Aliens project, my first thought was “Wow, what a pitch that must have been!” Talk about a high concept title and certainly an unusually daring idea. So imagine being a fly on the … Continue reading
Raising indie financing for movies is so very difficult and time consuming. It took me 3 years to raise $1,250,000 for my first feature RETRIBUTION and I outline that journey in my memoir. I was amazed to read that scammers … Continue reading
Yeah, I know every federal, state, and city is trying to cut expenditures and limit the gigantic amount of waste our “fatty nation” is funding, but we should never sacrifice our teacher pool in the process. In Los Angeles alone, … Continue reading
One of the great thrills about filmmaking are the industry folks you look up to, the ones who inspire you, the ones whose next films you can’t wait to see, the ones you hope to meet and get to know. … Continue reading