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

Roy or Rachel Schwarz, Quality Control Expert Portland, Oregon 2007

Michael or Meg Pepperdrip, collector Nashville, Tennessee 2018

Russ or Rita Reklaw , Advice Columnist Indianapolis, Indiana 2014

Luke or Lana Beardsley, door to door salesperson Savannah, Georgia 2017


Examples of Previous Props

an extension cord Buffalo, New York 2013


Examples of Previous Lines

That’s too spicy for me. Seattle, Washington 2017

I wouldn't count on it. San Antonio, Texas 2011

You're making a big mistake. Paducah, Kentucky 2013

"No, that's not right." OR "No, that is not right." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019

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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