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

Hector or Helen DeMartini, Philanthropist Memphis, Tennessee 2014

Jim or Jamie Walker, Local Historian Kansas City, Missouri 2012

Fred or Freida Unger, Barber/Beautician Baltimore, Maryland 2014

Ms. or Mr. Perkinson, Substitute Teacher Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008


Examples of Previous Props

jumper cables Portland, Oregon 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

Should we leave it like this? London, United Kingdom 2011

How was I supposed to know? Los Angeles, California 2009

Sounds cool. Tell me more. Portland, Maine 2014

Try doing it backwards. Glasgow, United Kingdom 2013

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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