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

Steve or Stephanie Nash, Detective New Haven, Connecticut 2013

Alan or Alice Downing, Coach San Diego, California 2015

Kevin or Kitty Carlson, Translator New Haven, Connecticut 2012

Lyle or Leslie Sherman, Interpretor Greensboro, North Carolina 2016


Examples of Previous Props

a surgical mask or a dust mask San Diego, California 2016

a paper towel or paper towels Columbus, Ohio 2019


Examples of Previous Lines

Hug me close and call me ?Sugar'. Greensboro, North Carolina 2007

It's my first time. New Orleans, Louisiana 2013

That looks like fun. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014

I meant to tell you a few days ago. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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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