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

Sam or Sara Carpenter, Ticket Seller Columbus, Ohio 2010

Jeff or Jenny Ledbetter, Elementary School Teacher Chicago, Illinois 2014

Frances or Forrest Courtney, Architect Indianapolis, Indiana 2016

Trish or Tristan Clark, Explorer Austin, Texas 2014


Examples of Previous Props

Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006


Examples of Previous Lines

If you don't go, I won't go either. Little Rock, Arkansas 2015

In my opinion, it's perfect. New Hampshire 2014

“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015

She's the only one who can answer that. OR She is the only one who can answer that. Saint Louis, Missouri 2017

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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