Titanic and the Making of James Cameron

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HarperCollins, 1998 - Performing Arts - 234 pages

The only reporter James Cameron invited to chronicle the astonishing three-year odyssey that was the making of Titanic, Paula Parisi details the behind-the-scenes adventure so vividly you feel as if you are there. In this fast-paced narrative, we dive with Cameron twelve thousand feet to the wreckage of the Titanic. We're with him as he plans and budgets the film, scouts locations, and casts the actors; as he builds a state-of-the-art studio in Mexico, deals with studio executives, edits fourteen days' worth of film, and supervises more than five hundred special effects. Cameron also collaborates with composer James Horner and singer Celine Dion, and ultimately wins the gold: eleven Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. Excerpts from Cameron's journals are cited throughout.

In addition, there's Cameron's own story: his childhood and family life; his first experience in film, working for Roger Corman; and fascinating stories about the founding of Lightstorm and the making of Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2, True Lies, and, ultimately, Titanic.

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Dense. Cameron seems like a real asshole. But he's an asshole who knows what he's doing. I've read a great deal about the actual event of the Titanic. I remember discussing while watching the movie ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Paula Parisi, a specialist in film technology reporting, covered James Cameron's work for the Hollywood Reporter beginning with The Abyss. Starting during preproduction for Titanic, she conducted more than one hundred hours of interviews with the director, his associates, his friends, and dozens of top Hollywood executives, agents, and producers. She made many visits to the principal movie set in Mexico. Wired magazine featured excerpts from her book as a cover story when it was first published, and it's since been hailed as a "must-have book" for any Titanic or James Cameron fan or film enthusiast.

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