The Power of Backstory

by Paddy Bird on
February 19, 2021

As editors on the path to mastery there are so many techniques we can steal - sorry, let me rephrase that - pay homage to from screenwriting. One of them is the powerful tool of backstory.

In this week's show, I talk through how creating a backstory for any scene or sequence we’re cutting has a remarkable effect on distilling the shot and dialogue selection process. It is yet another fantastic technique that can help you turn into a powerful creative editor.

Also, don't forget to sign up to our latest Bootcamp webinar tomorrow afternoon! If you want to learn dozens of theories and techniques around picture cutting that’ll make your sequences shoot through the roof, you gotta join me at 3pm GMT tomorrow.

Have a great weekend dear friend!

What am I Watching?

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: The Wilderness

Composer: Benji Paul Merrison,Will Slater
Publisher: BBC Production Music
Album: Moments Of Pure Wonder
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Track 2: We Stand Together

Composer: Ben Beiny
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd.
Album: Storytelling Underscores
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Track 3: Stillness

Composer: Benji Paul Merrison,Will Slater
Publisher: BBC Production Music
Album: Moments Of Pure Wonder
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Track 4: Without Words

Composer: Fritz Doddy,Glen Hamilton Tarachow
Publisher: Elias Plays Publishing,NSLE Music
Album: Beauty And Wonder
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Track 5: Chilled To Taste

Composer: Matthew Vaughan
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd.
Album: Lush Chilled Strings
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