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

Greg or Gretta White, Writer Cincinnati, Ohio 2010

Lance or Leslie Lombardo, vendor at a Farmer's Market San Francisco, California 2012

Roland or Rhonda Pettit, Mechanic Jackson, Mississippi 2012

Alex or Ally Fermoy, Guitarist Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2011


Examples of Previous Props

a disposable camera Jacksonville, Florida 2009

deck of cards Columbus, Ohio 2011


Examples of Previous Lines

Do you know anything about it? Providence, Rhode Island 2007

My Mama gave me that. Paducah, Kentucky 2014

I'll deal with it in the morning. Tampa, Florida 2011

Bencilah buat ni, kenapa tak buat awal-awal? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2012

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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