The thing about screenwriting is, you have to watch good movies — study good movies — to write good movies. So last night, I decided to remind myself of story structure and character “wants” by picking a film to watch. Almost Famous was the perfect selection.
The film is screenwriting gold*, which was recognized by The Academy in 2001, winning Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky) an Oscar for best original screenplay. The movie would also make a great film to analyze for a gender politics of rock and roll study, but that’s an essay for another time…
Here’s one of my favorite scenes. Hope you enjoy too.
After this, I will never hear “Tiny Dancer” the same way ever again and I don’t mind one bit.