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

Van or Vanessa Sizemore, Cheapskate Cleveland, Ohio 2018

Matt or Marie Clifton, Gardener Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2007

Trish or Tristan Clark, Explorer Austin, Texas 2014

Glen or Gwen Hopkins, Substitute Teacher Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2012

Examples of Previous Props

a wrapped present Houston, Texas 2018

a pair of pliers Nashville, Tennessee 2014

headphones/earbuds New York, New York 2016

Examples of Previous Lines

It's the same thing all over again. Cincinnati, Ohio 2011

"Let's go. Time is ticking." OR "Let us go. Time is ticking." Detroit, Michigan 2021

"You are not going to be happy." OR "You're not going to be happy." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2017

I tried it once. I didn?t like it.? Providence, Rhode Island 2006

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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