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POV: Omniscient Point of View

In an Australian government document relating to script development I found the term ‘omnipotent POV’. In a specialised screenwriting magazine I read “omnipresent POV”(*).┬áBoth are plain wrong. You’ve got to wonder: if they can’t even get the terminology right, there is reason to be concerned about their understanding of the concept. The correct term is ‘omniscient’, and means ‘knowing everything’. …

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POV as Controller of Tone

A toddler looks at a man pulling funny faces, moving his limbs in crazy spasms. He falls on the ground, he hits his head. The toddler jumps with excitement. A female bystander watches the scene, her face contorted, fighting back tears. The introduction of the woman suddenly gives us a reliable POV. Although we still don’t know exactly what is …

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Shifting POV

Often when filmmakers use the term ‘omniscient point of view’, I believe what they really mean is: ‘shifting point of view’. Most of the film will still be told from the standpoint of one ore more individual characters, shifting from one scene to the next and from one character to the next. Even in films like SUNSET BOULEVARD and AMERICAN …