Xenogenesis (film)

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Directed by James Cameron
Randall Frakes
Produced by James Cameron
Randall Frakes
Alvin J. Weinberg
Screenplay by James Cameron
Randall Frakes
Starring William Wisher Jr.
Margaret Undiel
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Release date(s) 1978 (1978)
Running time 12 minutes
Language English
Budget $20,000

Xenogenesis is a 1978 science fiction short film that was the directorial debut of James Cameron


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.



In 1977, 22-year-old James Cameron was a truck driver who wrote science fiction and painted small models. He saw Star Wars and was upset that someone else created a film that he felt he should have made. He studied how the effects in Star Wars were done and practiced dolly shots in his living room. He also went to the library at University of Southern California to study special effects.[1]

Cameron convinced several local dentists to provide an investment of $20,000, and he wrote a screenplay for a short film with Randall Frakes. He produced a 12-minute short that featured a stop-motion fight scene between a woman in an exoskeleton suit and an extraterrestrial robot, which he had built himself. Cameron hoped to present the short to studios to make a feature film, but he was unsuccessful. The effort did land Cameron and Frakes a job building miniature starships for Roger Corman's film Battle Beyond the Stars, and he eventually became one of Corman's visual effects specialists.[1]


  1. ^ a b Davis, Joshua (November 17, 2009). "James Cameron’s New 3-D Epic Could Change Film Forever". Wired. 

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