Better Back Story Integration – Lets Count The Ways 5


5. Bits and Pieces – The organic-ness and naturalness of a scene can fall apart quite quickly if you dedicate a moment to disclose your back story soon it will become apparent that you are disclosing a back story. It will begin to feel as if the writer just stopped the flow of the story just to let the audience know what’s going on. What you can do to rectify this is to reveal the back stories in bit and pieces.

It would be better to stretch it out across the script instead of bombarding the audiences in one time. Hiding the pieces will make it more difficult for the audience to distinguish that a back story is being circulated.

A very good example of this is the scene in Field Of dreams where Ray is reuniting with his father at the end. It can be considered to be one of the best endings of all time. This is because little bits and pieces of the back story were distributed throughout the entire script. In other words spreading out a back story in small doses is a pretty good way to hide the intention of revealing it.


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