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

Amos or Amy Belanger, Historian San Diego, California 2009

Mutt or Minnie Manders, Advice Columnist Paducah, Kentucky 2021

Harry or Harriet Biddle, mechanic Seattle, Washington 2019

Calvin or Caroline Deedle, Taxi Driver Honolulu, Hawaii 2008

Examples of Previous Props

Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006

Safety Glasses/Safety Goggles San Jose, California 2019

Examples of Previous Lines

He never tells me anything. Tampa, Florida 2013

"That's one for the record books." OR "That is one for the record books." Seattle, Washington 2020

What's it to you, pal? Des Moines, Iowa 2008

That has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Saint Louis, Missouri 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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