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He was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada but his family moved to California in 1971. There he studied physics at California State University but was only ever interested in movie work. He started as a screenwriter and went on to do art direction and effects work (on, for example, Battle Beyond the Stars and Escape from New York, working with producer Roger Corman) before landing his first directorial job in 1981.
Cameron is known for the remarkable results he gets from his special effects (FX) crews, beginning with The Terminator (whose special effects, while somewhat dated today, were quite advanced upon the film's release in 1984). The special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day made extensive use of computer-generated imaging (CGI) and won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Cameron's Titanic in 1997 made use of both CGI and a variety of sets of different scales, and also won an Academy Award for effects, among other things. His latest projects are undersea documentaries on Titanic and Bismarck.