Required Elements How It Works

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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.

Examples of Previous Characters

Oliver or Olivia Ball Event Planner

Mark or Marga de Hond, Dierenarts

Brent or Bridget Davenport, Runner-Up

Frank or Frieda Gilroy Waiter/Waitress

Ali(stair) or Ali(son) Sanders Collector

Kevin or Katie Keenan Graphic Designer

Examples of Previous Props

a book


a ball

a dollar bill

une poubelle

a bowl

a lightbulb


Une ampoule / a light bulb

une pile

a briefcase

a mask

Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"There's nothing to it." or "There is nothing to it."

"Let me see what I can do."

"It's probably easier than it looks." or "It is probably easier than it looks."

"Sorry, my friend. No can do."

Helpful Hints

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.

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.

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.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

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