FADE OUT/FADE IN: Beginning the Screenplay before it Begins

Guiding Star Cinema

Eck 2We are what we are due to the shaping influence of a host of earlier events. Decisions we have made. Uninvited intrusions into our life. The influence of others. Successes, failures; ups and downs. We are also shaped by our genetic code, our psychological makeup, and physical features.

These molders of one’s character and station in life sometimes seem to work against us; other times for us. At the very least, our backstory makes us unique and interesting and dictate much of our future journey through life.

And so, I must buttress the characters in my screenplay with believable backstories. This is particularly true of backstoryour main characters. A character without a driving backstory is a figurative ship without a rudder, doomed to wander the sea without a port of call.

We should probably zero in on traumatic events like loss, betrayal, and wounds (physical, mental, and social). Elizabeth Lyon, in A…

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About WhiteShadow

The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

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