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

Russ or Rita Reklaw , Advice Columnist Indianapolis, Indiana 2014

Tammy or Tommy Shuttles, Singer Little Rock, Arkansas 2012

Dan or Danielle Steergarten, Plumber Inland Empire, California 2019

Will or Wendy Poe, Unpublished Author Saint Louis, Missouri 2015

Examples of Previous Props

a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009

Headphones or earbuds Seattle, Washington 2021

a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009

Examples of Previous Lines

"That's one for the record books." OR "That is one for the record books." Seattle, Washington 2020

'There's nothing to it. Little Rock, Arkansas 2016

She was supposed to be here by now. Greensboro, North Carolina 2013

"Wanna see something cool?" OR "Want to see something cool?" Salt Lake City, Utah 2019

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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