James Cameron

One of the most influential and successful filmmakers of all time

James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker whose work has been defined by its capacity to consistently push technological and creative boundaries. He has written and directed some of the largest blockbuster movies of the last 20 years including The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic, and Avatar. A winner of five Academy Awards, Titanic and Avatar are also two of the top three grossing films of all time. His fascination with technical developments has led him to important contributions in 3D filming, underwater filming and remote vehicle technology.

Cameron is also an accomplished deep-sea explorer. He has made 33 expeditions to the wreck of the Titanic and recently became the first person to make a solo expedition to the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the deepest known place on the planet. As the founder of Earthship Productions he has made important documentary films about ocean exploration and conservation.

As an explorer, Cameron has been equally fascinated by both outer and inner space. He has worked for years with space scientists and engineers developing viable architectures for the human exploration of Mars. Cameron served on the NASA Advisory Council for three years and is an active member of the Mars Society and the Planetary Society.

Lessons from a Hollywood Pioneer
  • The skills and characteristics needed to consistently and effectively push technological and creative boundaries
  • Identifying and nurturing the talent that will allow you to execute on your vision
  • How to deal with doubt and uncertainty when faced with failures along the way
  • The evolution of storytelling: How to develop powerful stories that capture people’s imaginations
  • Using technology in a way that amplifies rather than diminishes the human experience