- Replace short scenes that follow consecutively by placing them into a montage or series of shots. This will save on sluglines, (scene headers).
- Substitute long words for short ones. This can save on lines if these long words cause sentences to run into a new line. A thesaurus will prove invaluable for this purpose.
- Cutting dialogue can save more space than scene descriptions, as dialogue uses more lines per word. Look for ways of showing what the characters are thinking rather than putting it in dialogue. When it comes to dialogue, less is really more.
- Shorten sluglines if they are more than one line long. An example might be INT. SAM PETERSON’S LIVING ROOM – EVENING. Substituting ‘living room’ for ‘lounge’ could shorten a two-lined slugline into a single line – useful if this slugline is used repeatedly throughout the script.
The Art of Cutting a Screenplay
Helpful Tips for Screenwriters
Writing dramatic scenes
The midpoint of the screenplay
Guide to editing a screenplay
The transformational arc of a movie script
Tips on writing a screenplay short
Platform for screenwriters