Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 02/14/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/14/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

James Cameron Titanic director James Cameron, 50, is back at sea: For the new IMAX documentary Aliens of the Deep, Cameron dived nearly 3 miles below the ocean's surface with a crew of scientists to film some of Earth's most exotic creatures.

ON SHOOTING UNDERWATER I love imaginative filmmaking. But every time I go on a dive, I think, "You can't make this stuff up." We had two ships, four submersibles and robotic cameras. A big challenge was the ocean itself. You never know what it is going to do to you.

ON DIRECTING SCIENTISTS If you put a camera on somebody long enough, they become an actor. They get nervous about what they're wearing, if their hair is okay, whether they said something stupid. We had to create trust.

ON TURNING 50 It's a reality check, but I'm happy where I am. I'm embarking on another big movie project [Battle Angel, a science fiction adventure based on a Japanese comic book]. I'm doing these documentaries, which I love.

ON STILL FEELING LIKE THE KING OF THE WORLD As a dad I feel like a king when I come home and our four kids [with actress wife Suzy Amis] climb all over me.

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