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

Brad or Brenda Parsons, Water Expert San Antonio, Texas 2008

Charles or Charlene Crosby, Grocery Store Employee Saint Louis, Missouri 2010

Connor or Constance Sutton, Publisher Providence, Rhode Island 2007

Chuck or Cherry Thompson, Tattoo Artist Greensboro, North Carolina 2012


Examples of Previous Props

a paperback book Detroit, Michigan 2018


Examples of Previous Lines

My brother had one just like that. Nashville, Tennessee 2008

That's not the way we do it. Denver, Colorado 2009

I can't believe you just said that. Fargo, North Dakota 2007

Look out. Here comes Mr. Know-it-all. Chicago, Illinois 2014

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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