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“Usually people work on movies for the most personal of reasons-- some for money, some for love or camaraderie, some for ego, some just to get out of town.... Lonesome Dove was, I believe, unique in this respect: people wanted to work on it not so much for what they thought they could get out of it, but rather for what they thought they could contribute. It was a testament to how much they loved Larry McMurtry’s novel.”

Lonesome Dove screenwriter and executive producer Bill Wittliff

Unlike many other art forms, films are collaborative efforts involving dozens of technical and artistic professionals. This section of the exhibit highlights some of the very basic, and very necessary, processes that guide a film’s production. Many other aspects of Lonesome Dove’s production can be found through the on-line Finding Aid.