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

Jenna or Jared J. Juniper, Salesperson Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015

Clark or Claire Cumberland, Musician or Singer Washington, District of Columbia 2016

Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008

Mark or Mary Kowalski, Outdoor Enthusiast Buffalo, New York 2009


Examples of Previous Props

a billiard ball Las Vegas, Nevada 2007

a roll of aluminum foil San Diego, California 2017


Examples of Previous Lines

Why didn't I think of that? Memphis, Tennessee 2016

When are you going to get it together? Seattle, Washington 2011

Quiet, please. I'm trying to think. Charlotte, North Carolina 2013

Can I get a little help, please? Nashville, Tennessee 2007

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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