All of the dresses worn in the movie were made by the costume designers, but two of the thousands of costumes were actual costumes worn on the Titanic when it sank and were worn by survivers. These dresses were donated to use with the movie and were given back to the owners when the movie was done.
The carpets in the new rebuilt Titanic were woven by the same company that wove the carpets for the real Titanic in 1912.
They paid so much attention to detail in the movie, that even the spoons had little White Star Line flags engraved onto them!
Even though ALOT of things were computer generated, those cute dolphins and the beautiful sunset were not. They were completely real!
Leo is not the one drawing. That is actually James Cameron. (Quite the artist!) And in that scene, it is Cameron that is drawing, trying to look like Leo is drawing. It was hard because Leo is right handed and Cameron is left handed!
James Cameron's favorite scene was the perfect first kiss.
Kate Winslet's favorite scene was the dance in the third class cabin party.
They only had 8 minutes to film the classic kissing scene. And they had lots of cameras shooting at every angle.
They had to add fake breath to the actors to make it seem like the air and water was really freezing.
The water was freezing cold 10°C (50°F) on purpose so the actors didn't have to act cold. They actually were freezing.
All the extras were given names of people who were actually on the ship so they had someone to be and not just extras.
James Cameron took many shots of the real Titanic 2.5 miles (a 2 hour free fall in black water-also, every trip took 16 hours) under the ocean surface. His brother made the camera, with only 12 minutes of tape, and the 12 dives costed about 4.5 million! Cameron and his crew took more new pictures of the Titanic than anyone ever. Some scenes in the movie are never before seen pictures of the ship.
Cameron says that after the dive, everything in the movie had to measure up to that level of authenticity.
There were 2228 people on board and about 1513 died that night.
The boat sank 153 km south of Grand Banks of the coast of Newfoundland.
Kate Winslet told Oprah that if she had found a true love like Jack and Rose did, she would have stayed on the boat.
The scene where Rose spits in Billy Zanes face was Kate's idea. They had to practice that scene 27 times and near the end, they used K-Y jelly....ew
The extras had to be enrolled in First Class behavior classes (like table manners and that stuff)
All the costumes costed about 8.4 million.
In the movie the hymn that they sing in the chapel ends ironically with "for those in peril on the sea..."
When the iceberg hit the ship, pieces of the berg fell onto the deck and steerage passengers were actually seen playing soccer with the ice.
In the engine rooms, the workers heated their soup on the steamers. (An actual scene in the movie)
White Star Line people actually repremanded passengers for breaking parts of the ship while it sank.
There was actually a catholic preist on board and he historically leaded a large group of passengers in prayer while the ship sank.
No one knows what happened to the captain. He was last seen on the bridge and his body was never recovered.
If you were a steerage passenger, you had a 1/10 chance of surviving.
The water in 1912 was a freezing -2°C (28°F).
The people rowing the boat that came back to save the floating bodies said that there were so many frozen bodies that they couldn't row the boat.
The two old people in the bed (you know that scene when you just wanted to burst out crying) were actually Isidor and Ida Straus.
No one from the famous Titanic band survived.
They sank the ship in the movie at the same rate and the same angle as the real ship sank.
Kate Winslet used a rubber axe in some parts of the axe scene.
Le Coeur de la Mer is based on the hope diamond, which is about the same size with a similar history.