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

Bill or Belinda Amberson, Hotel Employee Detroit, Michigan 2015

Chris or Christy Smith, Whistle Blower Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2010

Mia or Miles Gonzales, Human Resources Coordinator Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017

Kevin or Katie Keenan, Graphic Designer Houston, Texas 2011


Examples of Previous Props

a cassette tape Chicago, Illinois 2016


Examples of Previous Lines

I have been trying to tell you that. Richmond, Virginia 2015

What is that supposed to mean? Lynchburg, Virginia 2014

It's your choice. What are you gonna do? Asheville, North Carolina 2014

My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011

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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