WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron fulfilled a teenage dream Thursday when he was named National Geographic explorer-in-residence, a title that means as much to him as the Oscars he has won for blockbuster movies like Avatar and Titanic. Being named an explorer is a great honour and as amazing an outcome as being an Academy Award-winning director, Cameron told AFP. As a teen, Cameron said, I could think of nothing better than to be an ocean explorer. In fact, at the age of 16, living landlocked in a small town in Canada, 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the ocean, I got certified to scuba dive, he said.