TIL James Cameron’s first big break was as a production designer on Roger Corman’s Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). Because of the tight budget Cameron used materials like McDonald’s containers for sets and spent weeks with little sleep. His special effects were the best received part of the film.

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  1. >Corman initially hired James Cameron as a model maker for his studio after being impressed with his short film Xenogenesis. When the original art director for the film was fired, Cameron became responsible for the majority of the film’s special effects, or, as Cameron later put it, “production design and art direction”.[18] This was Cameron’s first “big break” in the entertainment industry, and it helped to propel his career.[19] He was recommended by long-time working partner and future wife Gale Anne Hurd, who was at the time working for Corman.[20]

    >While Cameron initially worked on camera rigging, he soon started working on special effects and production design of interior sets. The low-budget led to Cameron designing the spaceship’s corridors out of spray-painted McDonald’s containers.[21] Cameron paid great attention to detail, and hardly slept for weeks while working on the film. His hard work paid off, as the special effects were one aspect of the film highly received by both fans and critics, opening the door for his later successes.[22]

    Honestly a pretty good flick, would not have been disappointed if I rented it as a kid.

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