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Pre-motion conferences are informal meetings between the judge and the parties (sometimes done by phone and sometimes done in person) where any potential motions are discussed and the judge will try to help in resolving any issues that the parties can agree to and reduce/limit the number of contested issues for the court to decide.
Thus, this is just another way that the court tries to narrow the issues of contention to make the case move along faster.
As for your motion, your exhibits are not included in your page limit. Only the written motion is included in that page count. Also, you can reference other pleadings or documents that have been filed with the court in your motion. For example, you could say that the defendant states in his answer to the complaint that "X....Y......Z" occurred. See Defendants Answer, para. 6. That is permissible.