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

Shorty or Sharon Cook, politician New Hampshire 2011

Ted or Thelma Butler, Personal Assistant San Antonio, Texas 2007

Kelly or Kelli McBride, Teacher Des Moines, Iowa 2011

Keith or Karen Flippen, Musician New Orleans, Louisiana 2012

Examples of Previous Props

a cassette tape Chicago, Illinois 2016

a blank sheet of paper Dallas, Texas 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

Let's make a plan. Austin, Texas 2017

"This isn't what I signed up for." OR "This is not what I signed up for." Asheville, North Carolina 2019

'Let me tell you a secret. Savannah, Georgia 2013

I have a surprise for you. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2016

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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