“Cameron’s great-great-great-grandfather, a schoolteacher, migrated from Balquhidder, Scotland, to Canada in 1825. ‘He was a bit of a free thinker. He didn’t like the king,’ “
This quote doesn’t directly relate to James Cameron, but relates to how Canada’s identity was founded. It intrigued me as it showed that even the most influential Canadians have roots to immigration. This is a common theme in Canada right now, where we are accepting of immigrants. Within the lower mainland specifically, there are people of many diverse ethnic background stemming from immigration. This quote also gives insight into why people immigrated to Canada; often people escape to Canada to start anew or to have the ability to express themselves freely.
” ‘You were either in science or you were in the arts. But I was interested in both.’ His dream was to write a science-fiction novel and illustrate it.”
This quote relates to when James Cameron was a teenager and was starting to think of what he wanted to be when he was growing up. This quote intrigued me as this is from 50 years ago, and things have only changed slightly since. In most universities, they still have two distinct divisions: arts, and science. This quote shows how James Cameron didn’t want to follow what other people had laid out for him and that he wanted to forge his own future. This relates to the idea of Canada being a post-national state by not having specific rules for individuals to conform to. Our post-nationalism is one of having multiple identities, and by going against the norm, Cameron forged his own.
“He didn’t tell Corman he hadn’t actually done any front projection before. ‘I didn’t lie, I just didn’t tell the whole truth […] I had a tremendous amount of theory and zero practical experience.’ “
This quote stood out to me as it sounds like something I would totally do. This refers to Cameron working on set of “Battle Beyond the Stars”, one of his first films. Him volunteering himself for something that he hasn’t had a whole lot of first hand experience isn’t necessarily a negative thing as he had been passionately learning and researching how to do front projections. This sheds light on another aspect of Canadian identity of how passion for something leads to results. By passionaly learning, Cameron was ready to produce a new film.
“He had none of the burdens of studio or media expectations that hung over his later shoots, nor the responsibilities of massive budgets, army-sized crews, and groundbreaking technologies. ‘At that point he wasn’t James Cameron,’ Biehn says. ‘He was just Jim, and there was a great joy in him when he was making that movie.’ “
This quote spoke to me as it reminds me of myself and how often times I try to find my own solutions independently, but I find my joy in the process and not necessarily the product. For example, I enjoy photography, but I enjoy doing it more than seeing the final product. This quote relates to Canadian identity as it shows the strong will of Canadians and how they will find their own way independently. Being a Canadian now means that you have the freedom to do what you want. This is a catalyst for people working on their own passion project independently like Jim.
“To Cameron, diving the Titanic wreck was paramount, making a movie incidental. Wreck diving had been a passion of his for years—he loved the romance and the mystery of these human tragedies buried under the sea. And this was the chance to dive the Mount Everest of shipwrecks. ‘I’m an explorer at heart, a filmmaker by trade,’ he says. ‘There is nothing that Hollywood can offer more tantalizing or powerful than the chance to explore a place nobody has ever seen.’ “
This quote intrigued me as it shows me how Cameron was able to use his passion to fuel himself to get something done that is only partially related; he used his passion of exploration to create meaningful films. This relates to Canadian identity as it shows us that we have the freedom to accomplish what we want and are only limited by ourselves. By having this freedom, Cameron was able to merge passion and creatition into one art, one that he made for himself to get enjoyment out of, similar to the quote above.
A theme I picked up from reading this book and analyzing quotes is that you don’t need to follow the norm to be successful, often times you can be successful of your own accord. This theme is prevalent with James Cameron’s story of how he didn’t follow what other people told him and created his own success from his own means.