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August 18, 2009 8:12 PM   Subscribe

A warm up for Avatar: James Cameron's student film, Xenogenesis. Part one. Part two.
posted by Bobby Bittman (12 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cool Movie...
posted by Hoosier Prospector at 8:40 PM on August 18, 2009


So Cameron went from this straight to The Terminator, with a brief detour directing Piranha Part Two: The Spawning.

I lived in West LA in the 80s but that was before my inner Homo Economicus was awakened, so I didn't really understand the capital flows swirling all around me. I saw all the beemers and palatial mansions up in the hills but I didn't make the connection between all that and the billions of movie tickets and TV viewer eyeballs delivered to advertisers from whence much of this physical wealth was ultimately drawn from.

Movies are a curious business. In the 80s it almost looked like arcade games were going to eclipse them, now it looks like it'll be video games, even though industry sales are down 30% YOY.
posted by @troy at 8:47 PM on August 18, 2009


Ah, wikipedia to the more fuller edification:

[Piranha II] was to be produced on Jamaica, but when Cameron arrived at the studio, he discovered his crew was comprised primarily of Italians who spoke no English and the project was under financed. Under duress, Cameron says he had a nightmare about an invisible robot hit man sent from the future to kill him, giving him the idea for The Terminator, which would later catapult his filming career.
posted by @troy at 8:53 PM on August 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Cameron's kind of notorious for abusing his body on-set. He was giving himself B-12 injections on Titanic to keep going.

(Mr. F was at Digital Domain for post on that. When Jim hit the hallways, people stood aside to let the man pass, like it was the military.)
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:03 PM on August 18, 2009


This is pretty ambitious.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 10:05 PM on August 18, 2009


Under duress, Cameron says he had a nightmare about an invisible robot hit man sent from the future to kill him, giving him the idea for The Terminator, which would later catapult his filming career.

...and that robot hitman was HARLAN ELLISON!

(Even though neither Soldier or Demon with a glass hand sound particularly like The Terminator to me)
posted by Artw at 10:14 PM on August 18, 2009


Hey, finally I get to see the 3D IMAX movie - in tiny-computer-screen-vision.
posted by Artw at 10:32 PM on August 18, 2009


> ...and that robot hitman was HARLAN ELLISON!

And now you know...the rest of the story.

Good day.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:35 AM on August 19, 2009


Early release of Avatar teaser trailer
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:49 AM on August 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


xenogenesis: white robot good, black robot bad.
posted by wundermint at 6:57 AM on August 19, 2009


The new Avatar poster seems a little questionable, but I guess he knows what he's doing.
posted by anazgnos at 9:39 AM on August 20, 2009


The new Avatar poster seems a little questionable, but I guess he knows what he's doing.

It's a remake

posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:57 AM on August 21, 2009


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