Written and directed by James Cameron Titanic is one of the most award winning films of all time, that almost didn’t get made. Cameron believed so strongly in the project that he spent nearly five years researching the sinking and designed camera equipment expressly to film the wreck. He even went so far as to forfeit his 8 million dollar directors salary due to cost overruns. It is because of him that we have this amazing film.
1517 people perished when the Titanic sank on April 15th 1912. One hundred years later the tragedy was commemorated around the world. Hollywood remembered the tragedy by releasing Titanic 3D, a remastered version of the 1997 blockbuster. Titanic grossed roughly 28 million dollars during its opening weekend and close to two billion dollars since its release in 1997. The release of the 3D version, revealed that interest in the film has not yet subsided, bringing in close to 18 million dollars during is opening weekend. Titanic was the first film ever to win both the Academy award and MTV Film award for best picture. The film also boasts 10 additional Academy Awards and 14 Oscar Nominations.
The drawing by Jack Dawson (Leonardo DeCaprio) was based on this actual photo taken in 1933.