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Perspective and POVs in TV Writing (PT88)

Alex and Nick discuss how to use your characters’ perspectives and points-of-view to drive your episode narrative. From unreliable narrators and voice-overs, to POV on the page, see the world through your characters’ eyes.

What is a point-of-view in the context of a television story? How can you put your audience in the shoes of a character? What are interesting and unique ways of using POV as a narrative device? How can you translate a character’s perspective to the page of a script? What are common problems with writing POVs?

Plus, a major announcement about the podcast.

The Paper Team looks ahead…



Paper Scraps: Paper Tease Announcement (00:45)
1 – Defining Point-of-View and Perspective (03:07)
2 – Interesting TV examples of POV as a narrative device (05:57)
3 – Using point-of-view on the page and common problems (21:53)
Takeaways and Next Week On (32:51)


Paper Tease – TV Script Teaser Competition
“Analyzing Great TV Scenes” (PT77)
“The Ugly Truth” (2×16 – Farscape)
“Critical Film Studies” (2×19 – Community)
Graham Yost
The Affair
Big Little Lies
Peep Show
“Nonlinear Storytelling” (PT70)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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