The Gulf Coast oil spill is James Cameron’s latest big budget disaster. Federal officials are hoping the Hollywood director can help them come up with an effective plan for how to stop the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Canadian-born lensman behind Titanic and Avatar — the world’s highest-grossing films — is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies and was among a group of scientists and other experts who met with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak this week.

“James Cameron was in the room and knows many of the scientists and engineers who participated,” an official at the meeting told reporters.

If there’s one thing environmentalists and government officials can use at the moment, it’s expertise. The growing oil slick has reached the shores of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and is just nine miles from the coast of Florida, according to officials.