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

Mayo or Maggie Logan, Chef San Francisco, California 2007

Don or Dawn August, PR Specialist San Jose, California 2007

Bonnie or Brian Higgins, Inventor Boston, Massachusetts 2013

Matt or Madison Moyer, Car Salesperson Las Vegas, Nevada 2006


Examples of Previous Props

a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009

a towel - ‎‫منشفة‬ Amman, Jordan 2012

a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009


Examples of Previous Lines

We need to get going. Nashville, Tennessee 2012

How are we going to do that? Portland, Maine 2010

Nobody mentioned it at all. Buffalo, New York 2009

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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