So I just submitted my feature into the state competition here in VA. It's just a first draft and I'm not expecting to win or anything, but one of the benefits is if you make past the first round they do give you a free, multi page professional level critique. I feel like a criticism that could be leveled at me is that maybe I left out too much stuff. I had thought about the story in my head for two years before I started causally writing it down off and on in Celtx on my laptop (over the course of another two years). A lot changed and/or got rewritten in my head if I instinctively felt something wasn't working. What I ended up with was pretty lean and a quick read, at 90 pages even. The story does jump back and forth through time but honestly its nothing really confusing if you follow along. I did leave a lot of stuff out but I did drop hints here and there as to what could have happened in between time periods, because I felt like a bunch of exposition as to what did happen would have slowed down the story. I hope I wasn't too vague in that regard (well what happened to this character or why is this the way it is now etc). While writing I was watching Nicholas Meyer's commentary for The Wrath of Khan and he had this great reasoning that stuck with me the rest of the way. "Only movies, the 20th century art medium, has the hideous capacity to do it all for you. And in doing so, it tends to render the audience passive. The great commercial directors who make movies are taught to put everything in. And the result, I find myself sitting in those movies, which are visually stunning. Every image is perfect. There is no distinction in priority between what is an important image, what is an unimportant image. It’s all perfect. Everything is in it. And as a director, I’m always looking to leave things out." Obviously he's talking about images here but I felt that what he said could easily be applied to screenwriting as well, which is why I took the approach that I did. Anybody else agree or disagree with this? What have been your own experiences creating enough material to constitute a feature? Why do some put in everything and not take out any of it?