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

Charles or Charlotte Braun, Thief Jacksonville, Florida 2007

Anders or Andrea Sandstrom, Tour Guide Seattle, Washington 2017

Mac or Margaret McCarthy, Interpreter San Diego, California 2013

Kevin or Kristen Browning, Runner Louisville, Kentucky 2008


Examples of Previous Props

a pair of pliers Tampa, Florida 2015

a flower or flowers Savannah, Georgia 2016


Examples of Previous Lines

"Oh come on. It's only five bucks." OR " Oh come on. It is only five bucks." Seattle, Washington 2018

How was I supposed to know? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021

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

Why don't you try again? Atlanta, Georgia 2012

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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