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James Cameron’s Avatar

James Cameron’s story telling… mesmerizing us yesterday

with his own life story.

 

“I grew up on a steady diet of sci fi, reading on the hour-long bus ride each way to school. I did not have any video games growing up. I was not saturated in media landscapes. When I read books, I had to create the images in my head.” (ironic recursion)

 

“At 15, I decided I wanted to be a scuba diver. I lived in Canada, 600 miles from the ocean. So I went to Buffalo across the border to get certified, in a YMCA swimming pool, in the middle of the winter. I had never seen the ocean, and first saw it two years later when we moved to California.”

 

“And now I have spent 3000 hours underwater, with 500 of that in subs.”

 

"Secretly I wanted to dive to the wreck of the Titanic, and that’s why I made the movie. I talked them into funding an expedition. They did not know it, but that’s the truth. And then I found myself 2.5 miles underwater in a Russian sub, and it was like my sci fi dreams.""

 

“Avatar was 4.5 year period. We became family. The ocean organisms came to land for Pandora.”

 

“For an international audience, you have to connect visually and emotionally and not conceptually or in a culturally located way.”

 

“Curiosity — it's the most powerful thing you own. Imagination can manifest a reality.”

 

“Respect of the team is greater than all the laurels of the world.”

 

“Don't put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you.”

 

“In Apollo, they are famous for saying failure is not an option. But failure has to be an option. In art and exploration, it's a leap of faith. In whatever you're doing, failure is an option. But fear is not.”

 

(TED Video)

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Taken on February 13, 2010