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

Joe or Josie Beeble, Construction Worker San Diego, California 2008

Dan or Danielle Bridges, Roommate Salt Lake City, Utah 2009

Mary or Matthew Phillips, Award Winning Gardener Columbus, Ohio 2014

Luke or Laura Coppersmith, Retired Circus Performer Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2016

Examples of Previous Props

a musical instrument Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018

a remote control Chicago, Illinois 2013

Examples of Previous Lines

"Is this all you've got?" OR "Is this all you have got?" New York, New York 2018

My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011

Sorry, my friend. No can do. Huntsville, Alabama 2015

Here we go again. Little Rock, Arkansas 2010

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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