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

Duane or Diane Trammell, Puppeteer Saint Louis, Missouri 2012

Michael or Michelle McDugan, Carpenter Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2013

Melvin or Melissa Lyons, Furniture Maker Portland, Maine 2008

Jason or Janice Strawberry, Realtor Detroit, Michigan 2010

Examples of Previous Props

nail polish Dallas, Texas 2007

a reusable bag Cleveland, Ohio 2012

ice cream scooper Baltimore, Maryland 2017

Examples of Previous Lines

"Something isn't right." OR "Something is not right." Des Moines, Iowa 2019

When did that happen? Albuquerque, New Mexico 2019

I need to leave in a minute. Baltimore, Maryland 2009

I don't know, but I'm going to try. Portland, Maine 2015

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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