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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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James Cameron

Technology, entertainment and design – if there’s one person in which all those areas cross, it’s probably James Cameron. He's continually pushed the envelope tech-wise, with insane box-office to prove his entertainment ability. Sure enough, what comes across in this talk about the genesis of his creative life is the importance of merging his passions: a curiosity for the natural world, a passion for sci-fi and a determination to visit alien worlds through his underwater adventures. While it’s a very personal talk in some ways, and more-or-less autobiographical (“and I made this other movie about this big ship that sinks," he notes in passing at one point, before explaining that he made Titanic as an excuse to visit the wreck), it’s also fascinating to hear where passion comes from, and how intense curiosity for the next challenge can drive a person on.

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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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