Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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

Keller or Kelsey Goodington, Motivational Speaker Portland, Maine 2013

Jack or Jackie Edwards, Candidate San Antonio, Texas 2012

Kathleen or Kevin Schnabel, Expert Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

Bob or Bonnie Henry, Insurance Agent Seattle, Washington 2006


Examples of Previous Props

a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

Maybe you should wash that. Des Moines, Iowa 2022

Can you keep a secret? Jacksonville, Florida 2018

Take it or leave it. San Jose, California 2020

"I'm afraid that science proves you wrong." or "I am afraid that science proves you wrong." Austin, Texas 2018

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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