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Writing the Short Film, 3rd Edition by Ken Dancyger, Patricia Cooper

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Discovering and Exploring a Main Character

The story for Thelma and Louise discovered me. Two women go on a crime spree: the idea came with the velocity of a sixteen-ton weight hitting me. It hit me that hard…. It was then a question of discovering/exploring who these two women were and how they came to go on a crime binge.

CALLIE KHOURI1

Callie Khouri chose the journey structure to tell her story. Thelma and Louise is a direct descendant of such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde, just as these are descendants of classics like They Drive by Night. The originality of the film and much of its energy stem from its humorous, sympathetic, and totally unsentimental portrayal of Khouri’s protagonists, the two characters ...

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