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The Film Director’s Script Read Through – Back Story

1. Back Story is the moment in a character’s life just before the scene starts. It is usually an off-camera beat and it gives us a sense that the scene is in the middle of something.

2. In other words, an actor does not just “walk in the door.” They need to know what they were doing just before they open the door. It can be a fact in the script or something they make up, but they HAVE to know where they were and what they were doing before that door opens.

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