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

Tommy or Tina Darnes, Mechanic Asheville, North Carolina 2011

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

Charles or Charlene Betterman, visitor Atlanta, Georgia 2017

Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010


Examples of Previous Props

A temporary tattoo Baltimore, Maryland 2018


Examples of Previous Lines

We need to get going. Nashville, Tennessee 2012

"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017

How was I to know? Louisville, Kentucky 2014

I meant to tell you a few days ago. San Francisco, California 2015

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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