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

Laurie or Lance Winnington, Magician Atlanta, Georgia 2019

Vanessa or Victor Black, Musician Las Vegas, Nevada 2011

Michael or Megan D'Amato, chef Des Moines, Iowa 2018

Wilma or Winston Weatherbee, Gardener Boston, Massachusetts 2010


Examples of Previous Props

something with the number 10 on it Portland, Oregon 2013

a greeting card Madison, Wisconsin 2008

a flashlight Houston, Texas 2016


Examples of Previous Lines

I have no choice. Portland, Maine 2012

Can you lend me some money? Columbus, Ohio 2008

What's in it for me? Inland Empire, California 2013

Do you think you can do that again? Washington, District of Columbia 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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