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The Screenwriters Taxonomy by Eric Williams

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7Point of View

If pathway is the atlas for our road trip, then POV is the driver of the vehicle. Consider: Is one person driving the vehicle the entire time, or will there be multiple drivers? Is the driver impaired? Has s/he driven this route before? Or is there a backseat driver really in charge of the decision making? These are very important questions to ask when considering a road trip… er, writing a screenplay.

From the outset of any story, a screenwriter must decide how much information the audience will have. Will the audience be privy to everyone’s observations or limited to the one person’s perceptions? Will the audience be able to jump around from location to location freely or be attached parasitically to the protagonist? It is not ...

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