Learn from other people’s mistakes

When the Australian Writers Guild NSW organised a night with prominent script editors, one of the questions to the panel was about the most common mistakes. From the answers I have compiled the list below, together with ten common problems from my own experience. These are not just issues with scripts of my clients, but … Read more

Mid-Point: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The two-disk release of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’s nest features a great commentary by director Milos Forman and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz. Forman is known for his ability to bring out phenomenal performances. In his trademark Czech accent he expands on his process, from selecting the cast to cutting their dialogue. Zaentz … Read more

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”(*).¬†Both 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

POV: McKee’s View

“The more time spent with a character, the more opportunity to witness his choices. The result is more empathy and emotional involvement between audience and character.” -Robert McKee In his introduction about point of view (POV) in the scene, Robert McKee focuses on screen time and the physical location of the camera. POV is more. … Read more