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

Mac or Margaret McCarthy, Interpreter San Diego, California 2013

Edward or Emma Bulmer, Tourist Columbus, Ohio 2012

John or Jane "Scoop" Tetley, Journalist Atlanta, Georgia 2018

Alex or Ally Fermoy, Guitarist Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2011

Examples of Previous Props

a slice of pizza Louisville, Kentucky 2014

a membership card San Antonio, Texas 2012

Examples of Previous Lines

What! I can't believe it. OR What! I cannot believe it. Asheville, North Carolina 2015

"You missed the point." or "You missed the point." Richmond, Virginia 2018

"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017

"That's not how we pronounce it." OR "That is not how we pronounce it." Atlanta, Georgia 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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