James Cameron is one of the most well regarded directors working in Hollywood today. The winner of five Academy Awards and four Golden Globes plus numerous record-breaking achievements, his career never fails to surprise.
He is also an accomplished deep-sea explorer and the first person to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench solo. And, alongside his wife, James Cameron founded a plant-based protein company, creating the largest facility for the dry extraction of plant proteins in Canada.
In 1984, his first directed film,Terminator, became an unexpected breakout hit. Since then, James Cameron has written, produced, and directed a number of award-winning films that have blazed new trails in visual effects and set numerous box office records, including Avatar, Avatar: The Way of the Water and Titanic, which are three of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Avatar, a 3-D science fiction epic set in the virgin ecosystem of a distant planet, required more than two years of development of new production technologies, including image-based facial performance capture, a real-time virtual camera for CG production, and the SIMULCAM system, for real-time tracking and compositing of CG characters into live-action scenes.
These techniques are combined with stereoscopic photography to create a hybrid CG/live-action film.Avatarwon Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three.
Two of James Cameron's passions – filmmaking and diving – blended in his work on the movies The Abyss and Titanic. The latter required him to make 12 submersible dives to the wreck itself, two and half miles down in the North Atlantic.
Bitten by the deep-ocean exploration bug, James formed Earthship Productions to make documentary films about ocean exploration and conservation. He has made 72 deep submersible dives, including 33 to Titanic, logging more hours on that ship than Captain Smith himself. Of these dives, 51 were in Russian Mir submersibles to depths of up to 16,000 feet.
To bring – with unprecedented clarity – the experience of deep-ocean exploration to a global audience, James Cameron set to work on a digital 3-D camera system, which he developed with engineering partner Vince Pace.
In preparation for his 2001 expedition to the Titanic wreck, James Cameron developed revolutionary fiber-spooling mini-ROVs, as well as other deep-ocean lighting and photographic technology. His team's historic exploration of Titanic's interior was the subject of his 3-D IMAX film,Ghosts of the Abyss.
James returned to the Titanic site in 2005 to extend his interior exploration with new, smaller fiber-spooling ROVs, ultimately surveying more than 60 percent of the extant interior spaces of the ship, including imaging the stunningly intact Turkish Baths and other well-preserved examples of Edwardian elegance deep in the labyrinth of the wreck.
He also made a journey to the deepest known place in the planet, the Marina Trench, a journey seven years in the making. The expedition is chronicled in the documentary Deepsea Challenge, which was released August 2014.
As an explorer, James Cameron has been equally fascinated by both outer and inner space. He has worked for years with space scientists and engineers developing viable architectures for the human exploration of Mars and has been involved with a number of robotic space exploration projects.
James Cameron served on the NASA Advisory Council for three years, is an active member of the Mars Society and the Planetary Society, and remains as committed to the exploration of space as he is to the exploration and conservation of the oceans.
He is a National Geographic Explorer at Large, and recipient of its most prestigious award, the Hubbard Medal, as well as the Explorer’s Club medal for Explorer of the Year. Cameron has produced 12 documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning Years of Living Dangerously and Secrets of the Whales, and the internationally lauded, The Game Changers.
Cameron is passionately dedicated to sustainability, having founded the Avatar Alliance Foundation to take action on climate change, deforestation, indigenous rights, ocean conservation, and sustainable agriculture. He has been 100% vegan for 10 years for environmental reasons.
The AVATAR sequels' production was the first entirely vegan-catered motion picture set and was dedicated to being as green and sustainable as possible. It was powered by a 1-megawatt solar array installed on the studio roofs for that purpose.
In honour of his efforts to promote the environmental awareness, in October 2013 a new species of frog from Venezuela was named Pristimantis jamescameroni.