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

Max or Maxine Lydard, House Guest Richmond, Virginia 2013

Oliver or Olivia Sandman, Doctor Atlanta, Georgia 2014

Nick or Nancy McCray, Former Star Athlete Little Rock, Arkansas 2007

Mark or Mary Wambua, Street Vendor Nairobi, Kenya 2013

Examples of Previous Props

salt and pepper shakers Tampa, Florida 2007

a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009

Examples of Previous Lines

That was a good one. Austin, Texas 2008

A monkey, In his mother’s eye's is a gazelle -- القرد في عين أمه غزال Cairo, Egypt 2013

My doctor says I'm not supposed to do that. Brisbane, Australia 2012

I need to leave in a minute. Baltimore, Maryland 2009

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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