"King of the World" Box Office's Orange County Connection
|James Cameron makes a point with actor Sam Worthington behind the scenes on "Avatar."|
Did you know the "King of the World" has an Orange County connection?
|James Cameron in 1986, the year "Aliens" continued his string of box-office smashes.|
Cameron paid his tuition and rent with various blue-collar jobs, and after graduation drove a truck to support his real career ambition: screenwriting.
"Focused on a career in movies, Cameron was able to raise enough money from a consortium of local dentists to produce a 35mm short, Xenogenesis, in 1978," Phillip Williams writes in the winter edition of Moviemaker magazine.
"Iron Jim" parlayed that experience into his first professional gig, as art director, miniature-set builder, and process-projection supervisor on Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).
That led to his directorial debut the following year with Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. He wrote and directed his second feature, The Terminator (1980), and away the Cal State Fullerton Titan went to worldwide box-office dominance.