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The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron

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With the release of Avatar, James Cameron cements his reputation as king of sci-fi and blockbuster filmmaking. It’s a distinction he’s long been building, through a directing career that includes such cinematic landmarks as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and the highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic.

The Futurist is the first in-depth look at every aspect of this
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Crown Archetype (first published December 1st 2009)
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Oct 21, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, film
I can't imagine anyone who enjoys movies not being a James Cameron fan. Not only is he one of the world's greatest storytellers, he also revolutionizes the special effects industry with each successive film he makes. He's a cinematic jack-of-all-trades, a director who holds his own camera and takes stuntman-like risks to get the best shots, a man as comfortable with taking deep sea dives and making high-quality documentaries as he is with overseeing feature films.
THE FUTURIST does a wonderful jo
John E. Branch Jr.
A serviceable source of basic information about James Cameron's life and his work, with a good number of fun anecdotes. Here's a teaser for one: during the filming of The Abyss, Cameron performed CPR on a drowned rat and managed to revive the creature. Regarding the book as a whole, if this is the kind of thing you like, you'll probably like it.
William Johnson
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As I’m writing this, I noticed James Cameron just won Best Director for Avatar at the Golden Globes. And that is, though many will disagree, well deserved. I loved Avatar and love every single James Cameron film (I don’t count Piranha II and neither does he). Aliens is one of my all-time top 5 while The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are easily in the top 15/20.
Jun 27, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of James Cameron Films
The story of James Cameron is one that every fan of his movies and aspiring filmmaker should read. James is such a unique character because he has always been about the concept of the story, not, how much money will this pull in for the studios, which is what only studios think about. James has always been about the impact of the story and what people should take away from it. What makes James Cameron such a different director is that during the process of making the movie, he thinks up new ways ...more
Marty Murphy
Dec 20, 2009 Marty Murphy rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a fascinating depiction of Cameron, who does not give access to his private life and who will do very few interviews for Avatar. Interviews with his mother and father, ex-wives, siblings, friends, producers, studio heads, agents, stars, as well as Cameron himself. Yes, some of the salacious stories we have heard are in the book, but the author brings them to life with vivid firsthand accounts and new details never reported. I had heard the general story of the PCP poisoning of ...more
Chad Kerychuk
Feb 17, 2012 Chad Kerychuk rated it liked it
Shelves: own
For as many of Cameron's associates that Keegan had access to, the book feels as though it's missed a huge opportunity to pick these folk's minds and really show why Cameron has been the guy to push filmmaking forward. I felt the book should have been twice as thick and Keegan could have fleshed out many of the anecdotes contained within. Often, it feels as though the book is tailored more towards a general reader rather than anybody familiar with filmmaking or Cameron's work and life. Actual qu ...more
Cathryn Wirth
Jan 03, 2016 Cathryn Wirth rated it really liked it
Whew! from Avatar to Titannic and more, behind the scenes with J Cameron, a true visionary creatively and a little smutt on the side to keep you go Hmmmmm.
Joshua Pruett
Aug 09, 2011 Joshua Pruett rated it liked it
The only thing greater than the stories he's told on the big screen are the stories of how he made them, captured here in this thorough book by Rebecca Keegan. Though sometimes a bit too casual for my tastes, it covers the entire width and breadth of Cameron's career, revealing details about how he got started that were wonderfully revelatory and inspiring. Also makes clear that for all the rigors he puts his crews through, he turns the screws hardest on himself. From Piranha II to Avatar, paint ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Mcsia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Movie/film, Avatar, scify, 3-D fans
Recommended to Mcsia by: Friend
I was never into biographies, but the book completely changed my perspective. Excellent biography of James Cameron. Rebecca Keegan provided numerous interesting and intriguing stories behind the production of Cameron's films, whether they were giant blockbusters or a small low budget movie. The book also portrayed Cameron's true genuine character... where he came from and how he became the king of the world/"MIJ", and most of all, his tremendous impact on the society and how films are made today ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
This book is great, i love james cameron! He is, in my opinion, the best director ever! His life is amazing. This book is full of interesting facts, he has a vision and he follows it. He has contributed so much to filmmaking and people dont even realise! He is also a great writer in my opinion. Overall, really fascinating book and a great read.
Dec 14, 2010 Kwesi rated it liked it
It's interesting to hear the story behind some of the biggest movies of our time (Aliens, Terminator, Titanic, Avatar). And Cameron definitely had an interesting childhood. But there's nothing groundbreaking in this book; no deep insights or juicy tales. It's a quick read; solid book. I'd recommend it if you like Cameron or his movies or tech.
Sunny Verma
Mar 18, 2011 Sunny Verma rated it liked it
I guess the problem is that Cameron's life has so much to discuss that it is hard to transcribe in a mere 200 some pages. While I enjoyed the read, I felt like there was a slight pro-Cameron bias which I could have done without, especially considering all the other neutral reports I've read about what he is like in Hollywood.

May 01, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, to-reread
Quite simply changed my life. Not the writing style or way of talking about Cameron, which was very comprehensive and great, but rather for me it opened my eyes to a place I didn't know existed, a placed I didn't know I wanted to go before I read this. I cannot thank this book enough.
Sep 15, 2010 Margali rated it really liked it
Interesting read, as I have been a big fan of Cameron's movies, but this bio verges on the hagiographic at times. The tone is that Cameron can be an immensely arrogant jerk, but all should be forgiven because he's a genius. I'm not sure I buy that.
Dec 12, 2013 Spencer rated it really liked it
Beginning the book I though Cameron was a pious genius. After diving into his life story as well as his true love for film and storytelling, I count him as a definite tribute. Very good book, for Sci-Fi fans especially.
Mar 26, 2010 Leif rated it it was ok
Definitely made me want to re-watch some of the older Cameron movies, especially the first two Terminators, now that I have a better idea of where these films came from and how they fit in their respective genres.
Oct 12, 2012 Kristian rated it really liked it
Really good + even handed read about the life of James Cameron. Great pacing, and gives insight into how he works and thinks. I was surprised to see how innovative he was.
Dec 17, 2009 Bob rated it liked it
Pretty good. Not much new, if you are already familiar with Cameron.
May 15, 2013 Reverenddave rated it it was ok
The hagiography of this book quickly gets a bit much.
Jul 05, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
If I could give this six stars, I would.
Mar 30, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it
Very interesting read.
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