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

Dennis or Denise Merino, Mathematician Houston, Texas 2018

Trevor or Tina Kleinfelder, Artist Kansas City, Missouri 2019

Simon or Simone Pico, Yoga Instructor Detroit, Michigan 2019

Harry or Harriet Biddle, mechanic Seattle, Washington 2019


Examples of Previous Props

dust mask/hygienic mask Los Angeles, California 2011

jumper cables Portland, Oregon 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

What would Elvis do?? San Diego, California 2006

How's that supposed to help? Des Moines, Iowa 2015

Don't look now, we may have trouble. Saint Louis, Missouri 2007

"You're lucky I'm in a good mood." OR "You are lucky I'm in a good mood." Washington, District of Columbia 2019

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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