Required Elements How It Works

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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.

Examples of Previous Characters

Eleanor or Ethan Evans, Funeral Industry Employee

Mykal or Mykala Jonas, Slick Sales Person

Jacob or Jasmine Alexander Chef or Cook

Octave or Ophélie Caluire, Marin

Frank or Frieda Gilroy Waiter/Waitress

Oliver or Olivia Ball Event Planner

Examples of Previous Props

a photo of a relative

a bottle of bright red nail polish


a bowl

a lightbulb


une poubelle

a brush

a big pink eraser

a cushion

a dollar bill

a book

Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"Sorry, my friend. No can do."

"I'm just not sure about that."

"Let me tell you a secret."

"I can do that."

Helpful Hints

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.

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.

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.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

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