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.

New To The 48?


Examples of Previous Characters

Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011

Gil or Gigi Walters, Retired Military Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2010

Tom or Tina Goodwin, Consultant Atlanta, Georgia 2011

Pierson or Pierson Vallis, Detective Toronto, Canada 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a canteloupe New Hampshire 2013


Examples of Previous Lines

What do we have here? Little Rock, Arkansas 2012

Can you please shut your mouth? Beirut, Lebanon 2013

He said he would be right back. New Orleans, Louisiana 2010

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.

Important Message: Copycat Disclaimer

Copyright © 2001-2016 48 Hour Film Project, Inc. All Rights Reserved