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

Reno or Rebecca England, Pyrotechnics Engineer Tampa, Florida 2011

Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016

Fernando or Fernanda Huerto, Lifeguard San Diego, California 2018

Paul or Paula Schwarz, Preacher Cincinnati, Ohio 2006

Examples of Previous Props

an automobile part Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008

a bathing suit Tampa, Florida 2010

A sealed envelope New York, New York 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

What just happened? San Jose, California 2008

How much is that doggy in the window. Christinaville 2021

Oh, you're so smart. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2013

We're hoping things will change. Washington, District of Columbia 2009

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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