James Cameron pays tribute to Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner. James Horner died on Monday in a plane crash.
James Horner’s work has set the emotional tone for hundreds of films but his legacy is tied to only one director, with who he shared friendship, admiration and accolades for nearly 30 years. This director is none other than James Cameron.
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Paying a tribute to James Horner, Cameron stated to People that the death of Horner is very sad and shocking. Cameron said that there is still so much music he could have done and that he was looking forward to do a gig with him.
James Horner died in a plane crash on Monday and currently he was signed on to write the score for Cameron’s next three Avatar movies. Cameron also stated that he was just looking at a note on his table that was there to remind him to call the composer in order to get started.
Cameron explained that Horner’s first composing for a film was on Roger Corman’s film Battle Beyond the Stars in 1980, which was also Cameron’s first paycheck on a movie. At that time the renowned Cameron was working as a production designer on the film at that time and he explained that they didn’t actually hang out together but everybody was acquainted with everyone as it was a little group.
He also remembered that once the whole crew saw the finished movie, everyone was shocked at the score as it sounded like a $20 million movie even though it was a $2 million low-budget space opera.
James Cameron than recalled that after six years he earned his studio debut with yet another sci-fi flick called Alien and he chose Horner to write the music for it. Well even though the mutual respect between the two their working relationship on the horror flick wasn’t hitting the right notes.
Cameron revealed that at the start of Alien the working relationship was quite rocky. He stated that he had made up his mind that he would never work with Horner again. It took them ten years before the two worked together again.
Horner in the meantime had went on to score award-winning movies like Apollo 13 and Braveheart while on the other hand James Cameron had shown the whole world his talent as a director with directing blockbusters such as The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and True Lies.
Cameron explained that during their hiatus as partners, he had never stopped admiring the work of Horner and had actually hoped that Horne would work with him once again. Finally the two reconciled on Titanic.
James Cameron said that at the meeting the two were overly accommodating to one another and even worked out a way through which they could prevent the problems that had happened before. It was Titanic that had cemented the close friendship of these two legends and earned them their first Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Score and Best Original Song.
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Even though James Horner’s career was tragically cut short, James Cameron has ranked him among the film’s greatest composers.