A Perfect Bad Idea (& Oscar-winner)

Posted: April 30, 2015 in Review

Screenwriting from Iowa

How did we end up here?
Riggan (Michael Keaton) in Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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By his own admission filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu was a “terrible student,” a college dropout, and a street musician who knew he wasn’t good enough to have career in music. So what road did he take to become the three-time Oscar-winner of Birdman (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay)? He worked for a radio station in Mexico for five years where for three hours everyday he entertained listeners with stories, characters, and political satire between songs. At age 21 he was the director of the radio station. He then moved into television where he made “terrible things that I will never show.” But he got hands-on experience producing, directing, editing and “failing.”

In one of his failures was the seeds to his Oscar awards. With another writer he began writing a screenplay about…

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