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Was the footage from yhe wreck site really of the actual Titanic wreck?

-- Ralph Mariduena (, January 04, 1998


According to A&E on TV, the actual footage of the wreck was used in the movie. James Cameron, Director, made 13 dives to film the ship at the bottom of the ocean.

-- Lori Larsson (, January 04, 1998.

I found a great website which answers your question and many more about what is historically correct. The address is It is Jim's Titanic Site and is under the section "Frequently Asked Questions". The answer is yes, as the previous person told you, Cameron made 12 (according to this site)15-hour dives. Each camera could hold only 500 feet of film so only 12 minutes were shot on each dive. Check out Jim's Titanic Site. It separates facts from fiction in the movie and gives a complete list of passengers, including which passengers are still alive today. It also has real life stories from survivors and other sources of information on the Titanic (books, films, etc.) as well as links to other excellent sites. I have found this site to be the best so far.

-- Dena (, January 05, 1998.

Could all of the footage have been real. I know that the footage of the wreck outside is real but do you know if the footage of the piano and the rooms was real. I have seen a few documentaries and none of them that I have seen has ever show the inside of the Titanic - thus the reason for my question. Also in order to show the little submersible inside one of the rooms they would need two - one to shoot the other submersible so this seems to be to be very complicated but possible. So I'm thinking only some of it was real and others staged but I don't know for sure.

-- Jen Payne (, January 22, 1998.

The **filmed** footage of the **exterior** of the Titanic wreck is real, filmed by James Cameron on the dozen or so dives to the wreck in 1995. The **video** images of the wrecked Titanic's **interiors** shown on the monitors during old Rose's telling of her story are also real, made by a remotely-operated vehicle which was piloted **into** the wreck from one of the Mir submersibles during those 1995 dives.

The **filmed** images of the **interior** of the wreck were **staged**, shot in a submerged set at the Rosarito, Mexico studio. The design of the set was based on the 1995 video images of the ship's interiors, as well as archival photographs of Titanic's sister ship Olympic.


-- Kip Henry (, January 22, 1998.

The February 1998 issue of Wired magazine contains numerous photos taken of Jim Cameron's visits to the Titanic wreck along with excerpts from his journal.

-- Kathleen Marcaccio (, January 28, 1998.

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