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

Ben or Beverly Kingston, Door to Door Salesperson Orlando, Florida 2012

Ted or Tess Brookings, Building Contractor Saint Louis, Missouri 2014

Joe or Joanne Taylor, Nightshift Worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2007

Charles or Charlene Bishop, Administrative Assistant Kansas City, Missouri 2008

Examples of Previous Props

a purple object Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

a barbecue utensil San Jose, California 2013

recycling bin or recycling basket Orlando, Florida 2011

Examples of Previous Lines

I have good news and bad news. Columbus, Ohio 2012

Call me as soon as you hear anything. San Francisco, California 2007

I don't believe you. Kansas City, Missouri 2010

Do you have any questions? San Francisco, California 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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