A backstory is an event that has happened just before the scene starts. It is usually an off-camera beat and it is the moment in a character’s life just before the scene starts.
Why is a backstory important for every character?
Because it helps to give the audience a sense that the scene is in the middle of something. Remember – no actor ever just walks into a scene – the character they are portraying has to come from somewhere. When you find out where this was, and what happened (even if it is made up) you have the beginning of a good and realistic scene.
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