Better Back Story Integration – Lets Count The Ways 4


4. Showing, Not Telling – You don’t have to say a word to disclose the back story and yet somehow it is a great method to use because you are showing it instead. Showing a back story somehow resonated better within the audience.

A scene from Moneyball best demonstrates this point. It is a scene where Brad Pitt’s character goes to pick up his daughter at his ex-wife’s home. We aren’t given a monologue on how he failed his marriage or how he neglected his family. Instead we are shown a scene where waits uncomfortably for his daughter to get ready in the living room accompanied by his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

That one pivotal scene reveals everything about his history. The best scripts incorporate this element often.


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