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

Danielle or Daniel Lee, Sports Trainer Saint Louis, Missouri 2011

Griffin or Gretta Fletcher, Thief Kansas City, Missouri 2010

Lyle or Lora Engdahl, Writer Chicago, Illinois 2011

Bryant or Bryanna Landee, Author Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016


Examples of Previous Props


Examples of Previous Lines

I'm getting way too old for this Cleveland, Ohio 2016

I love a good challenge. Jacksonville, Florida 2010

You're making a big mistake. Paducah, Kentucky 2013

That's why I don't trust her anymore. Boston, Massachusetts 2006

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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