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

Trey or Trish Campell, Spokesperson Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013

Molly or Michael Murray, Instructor Savannah, Georgia 2009

Tim or Tina Walton, Receptionist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008

Paul or Pauline Pamplemousse, Salesperson of the Month Tampa, Florida 2016

Examples of Previous Props

a string instrument New York, New York 2008

an extension cord Buffalo, New York 2013

Examples of Previous Lines

Hold on, let me write that down. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008

"I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine." OR "I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine." San Antonio, Texas 2017

I meant to tell you a few days ago. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011

That's not the way I heard it Asheville, North Carolina 2007

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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