Cameron Crowe Response Post (due 3.7.17)

ONLINE POST DUE: March 7 at noon:

cameroncrowePlease read the following biography links on Cameron Crowe and watch the interview links about Cameron Crowe’s first Oscar win and his director’s commentary on the film Almost Famous. You also have two film critics reflecting on the life and film’s of Crowe. Answer any two of the following questions:

1. What did you find most interesting about the life of Cameron Crowe? Why?
2. Two part question – What was most interesting about his “Almost Famous” experiences?  A. His Oscar win B. the real-story behind the story

3. Where does Crowe find inspiration for his stories. How can that help you when writing or exploring, or sharing your life with others?

4. Compare Crowe to any other filmmaker we’ve explored and share similarities you find in filmmaking, directing or writing.19b0828cb03ae981dba60f11cd7317d0

5. How has Crowe’s love of music continued to shine through his films. Give examples.

6. Crowe’s life has been filled with much more than feature filmmaking. He’s also been a journalist and documentary producer. How do those three things connect, and how can they complement each other? Give examples from the readings or videos.

7. Based on his body of work, where do you feel that Crowe is at his best? Where do you think “he feels” he is at his best? Explain.

9. Crowe has not always found success at the box-office (or with critics) -what motivates him forward when success doesn’t allow. Explain.

Cameron Crowe – Entertainment Journalist at 16

Cameron Crowe: The Crazy Life of Opportunities

Cameron Crowe talks about winning an Oscar:

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Crowe talks about the Oscar-winning film “Almost Famous”

Film Critics talk about Cameron Crowe, his life and his films (Profiles with Malone and Mantz)

 

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22 thoughts on “Cameron Crowe Response Post (due 3.7.17)

  1. Mallory Moore

    1. What did you find most interesting about the life of Cameron Crowe? Why?

    I found it interesting that even after success as a filmmaker, Crowe continued to do other things that he loved like writing about music and writing a book about a Billy Wilder. I think that it’s important for people to always continue doing what they love and to have a variety of things that they can do in their life. I thought it was interesting that Cameron Crowe was able to keep doing lots of different things.

    5. How has Crowe’s love of music continued to shine through his films. Give examples.
    The film critics talked about one scene in Almost Famous where a lot of tension is resolved because all the characters start singing together. The main character, a young boy who is far away from home and doesn’t know if he is in the right place, it also touched by the singing and starts to feel a little better. It seems that Crowe has used music to highlight important moments in his films and bring the characters and story together

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  2. 1. What did you find most interesting about the life of Cameron Crowe? Why?

    Going off what Mallory said, I too found it interesting that after his successful career as a filmmaker, he continued his passion for other things instead of just settling down like writing music. If you have a passion for more than just one thing. You should try and make time to do other passion or hobby that you love to do, and that was Crowe’s hobby.

    2. Where does Crowe find inspiration for his stories? How can that help you when writing or exploring, or sharing your life with others?

    Cameron Crowe said he finds inspiration through the things that happened throughout his life like for example, the movie “Almost Famous” was based on Crowe’s experiences with rock band like Led Zeppelin, and he turned into a film about a fictional character named William Miller. I think that if you look at things that inspire you throughout your life, it helps explain your story and maybe reasons why you did things in life like maybe studied a certain major in college or played the sport of basketball. If you use this kind of concept that Crowe used, to explain that for example, even though times were not so good during your childhood, you went out and made something of yourself to start a new life. Something like that could inspire you to write about your life. Take me for example, I can write about my dad’s abuse towards my mom, my brothers, and I and him cheating on my mom, or the fact that I’m diagnosed with ADHD and Autism and my struggles in school that I had to fight through in order to make it in life, and I can use that to inspire others when I tell my story on how no matter how tough life is, you got to keep pushing through in order to make a name for yourself and not give up. That is what inspiration is all about.

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  3. Sthefany Flores
    1. I just think that it’s crazy that his career started so quickly. All from writing in his school and submitting his reviews to people he knew and companies. It is just insane that he wrote himself to a career at the age of 15 as an interviewer for Rolling Stone. A job that many would kill for. Then he went from such an insane job to another by directing and writing movies. His life is just interesting and it began so quickly for him.
    5. I think it is a very important shout-out to his roots that he always pays attention to music in his movies. They not only tie in with the characters perfectly but they also make for some very key features in his works itself. I think we can all agree that Say Anything would simply not be the same without the boombox scene which included a recent hit In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. One simply doesn’t dedicate a large portion to a field without having it stick with them forever and Cameron Crowe is a great example of that.

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  4. Rachel Gann

    1. I am seeing a trend with alot of these filmmakers as being outcasts and them finding their passion for films and filmmaking because of that. It seems that Crowe was more into music and writing first and used them to fill his days and even began writing as a career at only 16! It was only after Rolling Stone moved that he really began pursuing films and screen writing. I really like that he doesn’t just stick to one thing, he branches out and through that he not only gains knowledge and experience for his films he also makes connections and friendships that could prove to be very valuable to him later on.

    4. One thing that I have noticed with all of the filmmakers we have learned about is that in their younger years they were all outcasts. I also see a few similarities between Cameron Crowe and Woody Allen. Both of them started off writing, Allen wrote jokes, published by a newspaper that got him noticed and Crowe wrote music reviews first for his school newspaper and then began submitting articles to Los Angeles Times and eventually joined the staff of Rolling Stone. Both men also write screenplays and are very well known for them. While there are considerable differences between the two they also have some things in common that I would not have noticed.

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  5. Haley Walker

    1. What did you find most interesting about the life of Cameron Crowe? Why?
    I found it extreme interesting that Crowe was able to work for RollingStone magazine at such a young age. He matured so quickly, finishing school in almost half the time it takes a regular student. He was an exceptional student.

    7. Based on his body of work, where do you feel that Crowe is at his best? Where do you think “he feels” he is at his best? Explain.
    I think Crowe succeeds at write films that teenagers can relate to. As a bright young man who skipped many grades, he was never really able to fit in with other students because he was so young. I think by using “outcast” in his films, he is able to tell his story of growing up through these characters and he succeeds.

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  6. 4. Compare Crowe to any other filmmaker we’ve explored and share similarities you find in filmmaking, directing or writing.

    After reading about John Hughes and Cameron Crowe I feel as if these two are very similar in their writing. They both understand the mind of a teenager and how to perfectly capture that in their films. Hughes in “Breakfast Club” writes this in a way that connects with teenagers and is relatable which is hard to accomplish as a writer. Crowe wrote a best-selling book Fast Times at Ridgemont High which was turned in a movie soon after. He did his research on teenage life and understood the ins and outs before writing this book. They both write their screenplays in a relatable way and one that is extremely popular with the Generation X crowd.

    6. Crowe’s life has been filled with much more than feature filmmaking. He’s also been a journalist and documentary producer. How do those three things connect, and how can they complement each other? Give examples from the readings or videos.

    This is something I find so interesting about Crowe’s life. He began writing for the Rolling Stone magazine at the age of 16… already proving he can be successful in writing. On top of being an Oscar winning filmmaker, he was also a journalist and a documentary producer, which I think is so cool. After reading the biography on his website his work with famous artists like Elton John and Leon Russell on documenting their collaboration at the Tribeca film festival it is clear that this has helped progress his movie career as well. These films that document these musicians such as Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan help develop the music he uses in his films as well. After watching Elizabethtown it is so clear the way he utilizes music to develop his plot. It takes a lot of skill to be able to document these bands and make the footage into a successful piece. His experience as a journalist and interviewing these artists and understanding why they do what they do, really helped develop his screenwriting skills as well. The more he understands his characters the better he can develop the entire plot. These three things really do complement each other.
    -Kacy O’Connor

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  7. 2. Two part question – What was most interesting about his “Almost Famous” experiences? A. His Oscar win B. the real-story behind the story
    -For starters, I love Almost Famous. The most intresting thing would have to be the trip in general the fact that someone that young could go on tour with these awesome bands and experience the “life of a rockstar”. I could never imagine my parents letting me go on tour with multiple bands, they would not even let me walk to the bus stop alone! The story behind Almost Famous is Crowe’s experience as a young teenage writer for Rolling Stone. He toured with Poco, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, and The Eagles. He discusses a lot of his expereince and some very personal such as losing his vigrinty, falling in love, and meeting his heroes.

    7. Based on his body of work, where do you feel that Crowe is at his best? Where do you think “he feels” he is at his best? Explain.
    -I think Crowe is at his best when he is talking about music. In my opinion, it seems like music is what really kicked off his writing career. Although his major film that talked about his love for music was a flop in theaters, it got amazing reviews and award nominations. I also this is where he feels best. It is the one thing he knows he will always be passionate about. I hope would hope someone who writes for Rolling Stone would be great at writing about music!

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  8. 1. What I found most interesting about Cameron Crowe was how he was able to find success as a successful writer/director after dropping out of college. Mostly some filmmakers would graduate from some form of college, however Crowe would end up being successful that he would write the script for Jerry McGuire, which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

    2. What was most interesting was his Oscar win. Jerry McGuire is known by all to be a romantic comedy. Doing a regular romance is one thing, because you can focus mainly on the serious stuff. However, when you add the comedy part to it, that makes it a whole new ballgame. In my opinion, comedy is the hardest genre to write. Mainly because of who your target audience is for the comedy, and coming up with proper jokes that everyone will laugh at. It’s definitely possible, however it’s anything but easy

    -Will Braunlich

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  9. 5. Music is a big part of Crowe’s life from when he was young and still today. It all started with working Creem, and started submitting articles to huge corporations. Crowe really enjoy’s rock music and he makes sure to incorporates into his films. In 2000, Crowe made Almost Famous which was all about the years he spent working for Rolling Stone. Also in almost all his first few movies the music in them are recognized/nominated for best song. An explain would be the song, “Square One”, which was played in Elizabethtown and that was Crowe’s sixth movie.

    1. Something that interest me is how much his mother pushed him in the classroom. To have pushed him two grade levels up is a little crazy because those kids are more mature than him. Yes they are only in elementary school but they are still older than him. She rushed him through his growing years and years to just be a kid. It’s already hard to fit in, in the Southern California lifestyle, it doesn’t help to be rushed through it. I can understand why he fell involve with rock music because his parents never let it in the house. Normally when the parents say no, the kid strives to want to know why they said no, then begin to love it.

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  10. Kate Lamar:
    5. With his love of music, it started when he had to win tickets to his first concert. Also, he was writing music reviews for the school newspaper with an “underground publication, San Diego Door”. After he graduated high school, he met the the editor of “Rolling Stones”, and then started working for them. While he was working with them, he got to include some stories of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin. With Rolling Stones, he was helping with “national rock magazine creme”. After Rolling Stone corporation moved, he decided to stay back, and focus on his writing career. With his movies, he has made a big part of the “pop culture” in some of the movies.
    6. With his filmmaking, the journalist and documentary producer, go along with the movies that he has done. Some of the filmmakers wanted to show the type of works that they have done, and they want to stay in the same genre, or the way that they make the movies. He has done a lot of interviews with different people, one example is “Bill Wilder”, he wanted to do this interview to learn a lot about him, and get some information that people have not heard about him. From the interviews, I think this help him get a view for other filmmakers, and see what he can learn from icons.

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