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

Hunter or Harper Drakely, Health Inspector Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017

Danae or Daniel Magalees, Writer Paducah, Kentucky 2012

John or Juanita Shold, Tourist Des Moines, Iowa 2007

Jose or Josefina Figueroa, Foreign Exchange Student Little Rock, Arkansas 2019

Examples of Previous Props

A Yoga Ball Austin, Texas 2019

a teddy bear Houston, Texas 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

"What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?" Cleveland, Ohio 2019

"I'm looking for a friend of mine." OR "I am looking for a friend of mine." Chicago, Illinois 2019

I've been there. You don't want to go. Saint Louis, Missouri 2008

This is what it's all about. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 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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