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.

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

Claude or Claudia Ramos, Repair Person Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012

Tyler or Tina Terrello, Flooring Specialist Saint Louis, Missouri 2017

Kelly or Kelli McBride, Teacher Des Moines, Iowa 2011

Justin or Jennifer MacArthur, Baker Austin, Texas 2018


Examples of Previous Props

knife, fork and spoon Richmond, Virginia 2017


Examples of Previous Lines

You've got a little something on your shirt. Denver, Colorado 2016

I don't know, but I'm going to try. Portland, Maine 2015

"Next time you won't be so lucky." OR "Next time you will not be so lucky." San Diego, California 2019

How much money are we talking about? Madison, Wisconsin 2015

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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