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

Steve or Stephanie Palmer, Chef Sydney, Australia 2011

Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009

Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010

Ed or Elly Marlina, Journalist Los Angeles, California 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a piece of chalk Sydney, Australia 2011

a little black book Brisbane, Australia 2010


Examples of Previous Lines

Give me that. You don't know how to use it. Salt Lake City, Utah 2007

Do you realize what you're asking me to do? Paducah, Kentucky 2009

Do you know anything about it? Providence, Rhode Island 2007

I hope they decide soon. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

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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