The Terminator was a box-office hit, breaking expectations by Orion Pictures executives that the film would be regarded as no more than a sci-fi film, and then only last a week in theaters.
It was a low-budget film which cost $6.5 million to make, cutting expenses in such ways as recording the audio track in mono.
That way I could sit down and read it, and if they'd let me photocopy it, I would.
If not, I'd make notes." When Cameron read Syd Field's book Screenplay, it occurred to him that integrating science and art was possible, and he wrote a 10-minute science-fiction script with two friends, titled Xenogenesis.
After working in special effects, he found major success since directing and writing the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984).
He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss (1989).
They raised money, rented camera, lenses, film stock and studio then shot it in 35 mm.
They dismantled the camera to understand how to operate it and spent the first half-day of the shoot trying to figure out how to get it running.
However, the production companies he contacted, while expressing interest in the project, were unwilling to let a largely inexperienced feature film director make the movie.
Finally, Cameron found a company called Hemdale Pictures, which was willing to let him direct.