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

Harold or Harriet Ralston, Lifeguard Hampton Roads, Virginia 2008

JW Robertson, Oil/Gas Tycoon Amarillo, Texas 2014

Adriaan Stemmet or Amy Stemmet, Detective Cape Town, South Africa 2014

Geoff or Georgia Cooke, Camp Counselor Little Rock, Arkansas 2010

Examples of Previous Props

a ticket for travel Dallas, Texas 2012

a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009

Examples of Previous Lines

Why does everyone always say that? Austin, Texas 2010

If you only knew, if you only knew. Orlando, Florida 2008

I did that last time. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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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