Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.

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Examples of Previous Characters

Ryan or Rae Addington, Doctor Louisville, Kentucky 2017

Earnest or Evelyn Cheltenham, College Professor Paducah, Kentucky 2018

Cooper or Caitlin O'Brien, Dog Walker Indianapolis, Indiana 2010

Bob or Barbara Barnes, yoga instructor Seattle, Washington 2018


Examples of Previous Props

a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007


Examples of Previous Lines

I believe anyone can change. San Francisco, California 2009

Sorry, my friend. No can do. Huntsville, Alabama 2015

That's not how I would have handled it. Baltimore, Maryland 2011

Take your time. I've got all day. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2010

Required Line

The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.

Required Character

The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

Elements in Credits Do Not Count

The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.

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