January 6, 2017 at 12:09PM

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James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Short Film That Gave Him His Start

Before James Cameron was breaking every box office record he was a struggling indie filmmaker. We all started somewhere and before The Terminator, Aliens or hell even Pirana II: The Spawning, James Cameron had been inspired by George Lucas‘, Star Wars.

Enough so that, in 1978, James Cameron generated a $20,000 investment from a group of local dentists to fund his sci-fi short film, Xenogenesis. Shot in his living room and with majority self-taught film knowledge, Xenogenesis was a masterclass in indie filmmaking.

Xenogenesis Summery: A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

Watch the short film here: https://indiefilmhustle.com/xenogenesis-short-film-james-cameron/

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