As another follow up on the #scriptchat discussion…
I agree with Steve Kaplan’s comment on the thread that V.O. is ok. I honestly don’t mind V.O., but newbies often overuse it as a substitute for ‘telling’ rather than showing.
Ex. The script opens up with the lead standing on a cliff. The newbie writer will write: “LEAD (V.O.): ‘I’m here on a mission of death.’”
What should the newbie do? Show him scouting the location, sharpening knives, counting bullets. Let us SEE rather than HEAR that he’s on a mission of death.