Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from city to city, 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

Earnest or Evelyn Cheltenham, College Professor Paducah, Kentucky 2018

Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016

Ed or Elly Marlina, Journalist Los Angeles, California 2013

Reno or Rebecca England, Pyrotechnics Engineer Tampa, Florida 2011

Examples of Previous Props

a frozen drink Atlanta, Georgia 2008

a french baguette Saint Louis, Missouri 2015

Examples of Previous Lines

If you thought today was bad, just wait until tomorrow. Cleveland, Ohio 2018

Be sure she gets the message. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010

When are you going to get it together? Seattle, Washington 2011

Why did you do that? Los Angeles, California 2012

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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