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

Sam or Sally Brown, Event Planner San Diego, California 2006

Carl or Carla Ross, Plumber Des Moines, Iowa 2010

Greg or Gretta Hanson, Storyteller Jacksonville, Florida 2013

Chris or Christina Murray, Blogger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012


Examples of Previous Props

a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009

a head of lettuce Columbus, Ohio 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

Have you been here before? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012

Do you have what it takes? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008

That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012

Let's not do this today. New Delhi, India 2014

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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