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

Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011

Kevin or Katie Withers, Soccer Coach Austin, Texas 2011

Mac or Meg McGill, Explorer Portland, Oregon 2011

Sam or Sonya Needham, Addict Providence, Rhode Island 2009

Examples of Previous Props

a deck of cards Mumbai, India 2011

a wrapped present San Antonio, Texas 2011

Examples of Previous Lines

Help me get this out. Louisville, Kentucky 2012

I have one simple question. Detroit, Michigan 2014

It's just like my mother always said. Greensboro, North Carolina 2006

Mind if I have a seat? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2007

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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