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

Mitch or Michelle Stockridge, Chef Jacksonville, Florida 2015

Duncan or Denise Kerrey, Sales Clerk Buffalo, New York 2010

Trip or Trish Gomez, Retired Circus Performer Denver, Colorado 2015

Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010


Examples of Previous Props

a picture frame Portland, Oregon 2009


Examples of Previous Lines

Nevermind. I'll ask someone else. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2012

Do you have what it takes? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008

That's just a myth. San Jose, California 2016

Do you have any questions? San Francisco, California 2011

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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