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The Best Filmmaker’s TED Talks
A selection of wise words from some of Hollywood’s finest

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JJ Abrams

We all know that JJ Abrams is an international man of mystery, a director who has made a career of keeping secrets. What you didn’t know is that he can be a very funny, almost manic person too – qualities which he displays here. From discussing The Graduate to performing magic tricks to examining the fascinations of Lost, he dissects the importance of keeping mum. The talk also works as a tribute to his grandfather, a formative character in his life and a man he commemorates in his movies (his name was Harry Kelvin, hence the USS Kelvin in Star Trek). Recorded in 2007, it’s also interesting in hindsight to note the tributes he pays to Spielberg, his Super 8 collaborator. And as if all that weren’t enough, it contains the line, “Ten years ago to get that shot we’d have had to kill a stuntman.”

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1 You can talk the talk...
You've got to give credit to Cameron for having the cojones to not only talk passionately about his love for marine exploration but to risk his fortune and life to pursue it. Goes way beyond "big boy's toys" and into the realms of genuinely inspiring. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ ment-17013038 More

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Tuesday March 20, 2012, 13:43

2 While Cameron is good, Scott is EPIC
Both directors are in a class by themselves, but if I had to choose between them when I want to watch Sci-fi; I would pick Ridley Scott for sure! More

Posted by mondain on Thursday March 15, 2012, 17:17

3 Come back JC
I wish James Cameron would make more movies. And more non-sci-fi ones too. I'd love to see his take on World War II. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday March 14, 2012, 21:34

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:41

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:23


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