Project Title

The Impact of Endings

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RCHSS - English

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This presentation explores the importance of movie endings, and how an ending can impact the audiences’ opinion of a movie. I look at Ronald Bass’ Sleeping with the Enemy, and how he developed Julia Roberts’ character in a way that made the audience believe that not only was she capable of killing her abusive husband, but that she should kill him. I also look at Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption and discuss how Andy’s eventual escape from prison was too much of a surprise to the audience, and how the movie should have ended with Norton’s suicide. Finally, I look at Callie Khouri’s Thelma & Louise, and how the duo driving their car off of a ledge was not only surprising, but inevitable. Endings are what the audience remembers the most, and they are capable of making or breaking a movie.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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The Impact of Endings

This presentation explores the importance of movie endings, and how an ending can impact the audiences’ opinion of a movie. I look at Ronald Bass’ Sleeping with the Enemy, and how he developed Julia Roberts’ character in a way that made the audience believe that not only was she capable of killing her abusive husband, but that she should kill him. I also look at Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption and discuss how Andy’s eventual escape from prison was too much of a surprise to the audience, and how the movie should have ended with Norton’s suicide. Finally, I look at Callie Khouri’s Thelma & Louise, and how the duo driving their car off of a ledge was not only surprising, but inevitable. Endings are what the audience remembers the most, and they are capable of making or breaking a movie.

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