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

Dear Albert or Dear Alice, Advice Columnist Providence, Rhode Island 2012

Cynthia or Cedric Peters, Gym Instructor Asheville, North Carolina 2014

Uncle Joe or Aunt Irma Kansas City, Missouri 2009

Mike or Michaela Bingley, Toy Salesperson Toronto, Canada 2008

Examples of Previous Props

a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009

a big pink eraser Houston, Texas 2007

Examples of Previous Lines

We don't have time for this. Portland, Maine 2007

Why don't you try again? Atlanta, Georgia 2012

It's our little secret. Glasgow, United Kingdom 2012

How was I to know? Louisville, Kentucky 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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