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

Alan or Alana Abercrombie, Hypochondriac Austin, Texas 2012

Joseph or Joanne Wilmers, Photographer Fargo, North Dakota 2011

Adi or Adibah Aziz, Footballer Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011

Phil or Phylis Santos, Efficiency Expert Las Vegas, Nevada 2013

Examples of Previous Props

a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009

koszos fogkefe Budapest, Hungary 2014

Examples of Previous Lines

If you must know, my father told me. New York, New York 2007

What do you think this is? Washington, District of Columbia 2013

They will get them if we let them. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007

Just leave me alone. Nashville, Tennessee 2014

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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