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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.
Category Archives: Movie Magic
HOLLYWOOD LORE: “Gimme A Bullet Hit Here…Like This!”
When you’re directing television, the most fun and creative challenge is adapting to the rapid transition of style/genre and meeting diverse personnel you encounter from series to series which can result in some of the most bizarre and hilarious adventures … Continue reading
Posted in Book Lovers, Celebrity in America, Entertainment News, Filmmaking, Great Film Directors, Hollywood Industry, Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot, Movie Magic, Television Production, Uncategorized Tagged ABC, Chicago, Chris Chulack, Danny Aiello, ER, Guy Magar, Jamie Rose, Johnny Depp, Lady Blue, MGM Television
HBO’s “GAME CHANGE”: McCain’s National Shame of Palin
On March 10th, HBO will premiere “Game Change” which will dramatize the 2008 election focusing on Republican nominee John McCain and his fateful choice of then-unknown Sarah Palin as his running mate. The stellar film cast includes Ed Harris as … Continue reading
Posted in Book Lovers, Celebrity in America, Election Year Liars Emerge, Entertainment News, Filmmaking, Hollywood Industry, Movie Magic, Politics Today, Tea Bagger Hypocrisy, Teaching & Education, Uncategorized, World Politics Tagged Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO, John Heilemann, John McCain, Julianne Moore, Los Angeles Times, Mark Halperin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt, Woody Harrelson
SPIELBERG & WILLIAMS: The Divine Union of Film & Music
Forty years. Twenty-five films. Thirteen Oscar nominations for original score. In honor of my alma mater, The American Film Institute, and its “Master Class” celebrating the glorious collaboration between Steven Spielberg and John Williams, I salute them as the greatest … Continue reading
Posted in Book Lovers, Celebrity in America, Entertainment News, Filmmaking, Great Film Directors, Hollywood Industry, Movie Magic, Uncategorized Tagged American Film Institute, Bill Conti, Bruce Springsteen, Chariots of Fire, Clint Eastwood, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Eli Wallach, Elton John, Ennio Morricone, ET, Gone with the Wind, Hugh Hudson, Jaws, Jay Acovone, John Williams, Lookin' Italian, Matt LeBlanc, Robert De Niro, Rocky, Rolling Stones, Sergio Leone, Star Wars, Steven Spielberg, The Godfather, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission
Book Lovers: A Memoir for the Holidays
Happy Holidays! During the holiday month of December, KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT is donating 100% of its sales proceeds to the cancer healing mecca of the City of Hope. Do you love the movies? Are you a romantic … Continue reading
James Cameron’s SHRIEK before AVATAR!
(Excerpt from Guy Magar’s film memoir KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love) Finally, I had found the financing for my first feature, SHRIEK. We started hiring a crew, casting … Continue reading
GREEN ZONE: Top Ten of the Decade
Regardless of what Oscars and Golden Globes tell us, it’s difficult in any one year to get full agreement on the best movie of the year, or even the best movies of all time as per the American Film Institute’s … Continue reading
The Good, the Bad, and the Hollywood!
Back in 1997, a headline news story made all film wannabes’ jaws drop to the floor. I remember the story became the stuff of legend and even managed to catch my attention though I was deep in production at the … Continue reading
WANTED: An American Hero – FOUND: Dancing’s J.R. Martinez
America loves its heroes. The ‘84 TV series Cover Up which I had directed had Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero” as the show’s theme song which was a huge hit tune in its time and still one of … Continue reading
Posted in Book Lovers, Celebrity in America, Entertainment News, Filmmaking, Hollywood Industry, Movie Magic, Reality Shows, Romance and Soulmates, Uncategorized Tagged America's Heroes, Bonnie Tyler, Cover Up, Dancing with the Stars, Holding Out for a Hero, J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff, Tim McGraw
Spielberg’s AMBLIN’ to Cameron’s XENOGENESIS: The Promise of Short Films
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
Cinematic Magic: IRIS
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