When James Cameron became the first solo diver in history to reach the deepest point on earth in an innovative single-seat submersible he co-designed and financed, the news made world headlines--it registered almost three billion online visitors--but some saw it as a stunt. This led an irate John Bruno, one of three co-directors of a National Geographic documentary about Cameron's feat, DeepSea Challenge 3D, to highlight in the film Cameron's explorer bona fides. Cameron already had seven deep sea explorations and 76 submersible dives under his belt at the time of launch, and Bruno wanted to honor "the courage and tenacity it took" to make Cameron's lifelong dream a reality.
Great Wight Productions Pty Ltd and Earthship Productions, Inc. Inside the pilot's sphere of DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible, Cameron monitors the systems on a touch screen.