Titanic was a film about the sinking of the famous ship sinking of the RMS Titanic. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and follows their characters as they develop a romance on the vessel. Although the story follows closely to the actual account of the sinking of the ship, the romance plot and many of the characters are fictional. The film was released in 1997 and was an instant hit. It made over $1.8 billion at the box office, which was the first time a movie had made more than $1 billion and it remained the highest grossing film for 12 years. The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and it won a record 11 Oscars, including Best Director.
Who directed Titanic?
Titanic was directed by the famous director James Cameron. He was also involved with the writing, producing and editing of the movie. He began work on the film in 1995 when he shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck. He then oversaw the building of the sets, which he tried to make as accurate as possible. Filming for the rest of the movie began in late 1996 and took 160 days to complete. The special effects were then added and the complex nature of this work delayed the film by a considerable amount of time. The financiers became worried as the budget pushed out to $200 million and the delays mounted. They wanted to cut the length of the film, but Cameron would not agree to this. He eventually offered to forfeit his share of the profits as well as his salary for directing the film. The film was released on December 14, 1997 and became the biggest box office success in history. Cameron took home the Oscar for Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.
Did you know?
During the filming an angry crew member poisoned the soup that the director, and many others, ate with an hallucinogen. Over 50 people had to be taken to hospital, but all of them recovered. Although the culprit was never found, it is thought that Cameron’s infamous temper may have been the motive for the attack.