backstory

Writer’s Edge: The Backstory

The term, backstory means information about the main character’s background that happened before the opening credits have rolled onto the screen. The trend these days is to present as much information about the protagonist of your story quickly and within the first ten pages of your script. No longer do you...

Column D: Did He Go to the Prom? How Much Backstory is Too Much?

By Drew Yanno I wrote in my last column about screenwriting’s dirtiest word – exposition.  In this one, I’d like to talk about another element of screenwriting that’s often confused with exposition and that’s backstory. Remember what I wrote last time: exposition is information that the audience needs to know in...