Quote: kate to the party @ 4th April 2017, 3:49 PM
Struggling a bit to get my script down to 15 pages -just wondering if that's typical of entries in previous years? The Silver Bullet feedback was really detailed/constructive and very eye-opening in terms of what worked/what didn't so this helped a lot. Somehow, despite cutting/adapting lots of bits that no longer work, my latest draft has gone full Escher and ended up at the 17-page mark...
Glad the Silver Bullet feedback was useful (sort of)!
First, have you read the script out loud to find out what time it's coming in at? Fifteen pages is an estimate, we're more concerned with time than page numbers.
Second, try looking at each character's through lines individually and see if there's anything unnecessary that can be cut. If there's anything that takes away from the clarity, it can go. Also, scene description should be concise like poetry.
Third, James Huntrods, 2015's winner, told us that he started each new draft by reading the previous one then stripping out anything that wasn't brilliant and using that as a starting point for his next draft. It certainly frees the pages up!
Hope that helps