It is through William's eyes—and ears—that we experience the world of Almost Famous. William is our central protagonist, the nucleus of the story. We watch him grow up from a precocious eleven-year-old into a blossoming rock journalist at fifteen. Uniquely, the movie even breaks the 3rd-person point of view, as several of the characters speak directly into the camera—that is, directly to William. This technique reinforces the fact that Almost Famous is his story, and we are just along for the ride.