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

Mark or Marga de Hond, Dierenarts

Stan or Sarah Gibbs Communicable Disease Specialist

Sherman or Sharon Brown Recently Unemployed

Samuel or Samantha (Sam) Canterbury, Event Planner

Kevin or Katie Conway Coach

Frank or Frieda Gilroy Waiter/Waitress

Examples of Previous Props

a bowl

a brush

a briefcase

Une ampoule / a light bulb

an index card

a lightbulb

a cushion

an envelope

a dollar bill


a greeting card

a bottle of bright red nail polish

Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"Mais laisse moi faire / But let me do it"

"You can trust me."

"Let me tell you a secret."

"I'm just not sure about 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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