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James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing Ontario in Canada August 14 16 1954 His family later moved to Chippewa Falls near Niagra Falls James Cameron was during his youth years always very fascinated with movies He was mezmerized when he saw Stanley Kubricks 2001 A Space Odyssey and he drew himself crazy trying to figure out how they had shot that film Cameron also wrote sci-fi stories and fantasized a lot instead of doing his school work It was actually during one boring biology class that Cameron wrote a short story which would later become the movie The Abyss When Cameron was 17 his family moved to Orange County California because of his fathers job When Cameron moved to Orange County he learned that getting a career in movies might not be the easiest job to obtain He let the hope of becomming someone in the movie business fade and he started studying physics and english at a local university He later dropped out of both studies because the math in the physics course had been to hard for Cameron to deal with James Cameron got a job as a miniature model maker at the Roger Corman Studios The Roger Corman Studios were studios that made B-movies They were fast and cheap productions and none of the people working there were professionals so Cameron fit right in He quickly moved up the ranks in the studio jumping from one movie to another Cameron worked as art director on the sci-fi movie Battle Beyond the Stars he did special effects work and direction on John Carpenters Escape from New York It wasnt until 1981 when Cameron got his first shot at directing It was an Italian producer named Assonitis who was to make a sequel to the movie Pirahna It was going to be called Piranha 2 The Spawning Assonitis wanted a debut
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