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    Posted: 10 Oct 2021 at 5:50pm
Obviously I avoid them at all costs as it's not my job as the writer and I'm fine with that... except in this particular scene it actually matters that the scene is shot so the audience sees the action through this girl's eyes rather than seeing the girl do the action from a third person POV. Anyone have any tips on doing that in a non-clunky way that isn't a camera direction?

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Use a POV.

GIRL'S POV
Describe action.

BACK TO SCENE
Resume action as before.

These are acceptable because there are times when something needs to be called out like that.

Just remember to use BACK TO SCENE... otherwise, you've told the reader and everyone else to stay in the POV shot for the remainder of the film.
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Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Use a POV.

GIRL'S POV
Describe action.

BACK TO SCENE
Resume action as before.

These are acceptable because there are times when something needs to be called out like that.

Just remember to use BACK TO SCENE... otherwise, you've told the reader and everyone else to stay in the POV shot for the remainder of the film.


Thanks so much :) Follow up question - would you need to have 'BACK TO SCENE' if the whole scene is from that POV and then I change scenes? Assuming not?
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Originally posted by Rachel M Rachel M wrote:

Follow up question - would you need to have 'BACK TO SCENE' if the whole scene is from that POV and then I change scenes? Assuming not?
Your assumption is correct.
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I would just describe the action.

Startled, the girl looks up --
Describes what she sees, exactly the same as what the audience sees. 
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