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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.
Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg
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
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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
Kismet: Spielberg & JJ & SUPER-8
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