I doubt this is any surprise to anyone: I really, really like the work of James Cameron
Some of his great works:
*Terminator 2: Judgement Day
*The Abyss (one of my personal faves)
Certainly his films reflect a degree of technology; Cameron started life as an engineering student. Based on the documentaries I have seen, he is extremely demanding of the people who work for him, but the films he has made, in my opinion, are reflective of very hard work and attention to detail.
One of Cameron’s interests is exploring the oceans. He has made a few documentaries on this topic:
* Aliens of the Deep (which profiles deep sea creatures)
*Ghosts of the Abyss (which high lights an expedition he made to the wreck of RMS Titanic)
*Expedition Bismarck (same as the above, replacing Titanic with Bismarck).
While most filmmakers would send the camera crew down into the crushing depths, Cameron went himself.
In 2012, not many people know that Cameron really cemented his place in the explorer’s hall-of-fame. He partially financed the construction of a new submersible (Deepsea Challenger), and he himself took a trip to the bottom of the New Britain Trench in the Solomons, and about 20 days later he went to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. That second dive was the first human dive to the bottom of the Mariana in over 50 years, and he became the first individual to do it solo.
Needless to say, the National Geographic Society followed him and documented his work. As part of this, NGS has some online lessons and videos for kids and teachers to use in the classroom.
When the lessons were ready, NGS went looking for a teacher with a broad science background to check out their lessons and critique them for publication.
Needless to say, I was equally jazzed about getting to work on an NGS project, and one that focused on the work of a guy which I appreciate.
In what has been a rough year, this has been a nice feather to put in my cap.