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

Derek or Donna Stonebarger, Soccer Fan Providence, Rhode Island 2014

Holly or Horatio Baldwin, Activist Portland, Maine 2009

Mark or Maureen Linderville, Illustrator Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2016

Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008


Examples of Previous Props

a roll of paper towels Buffalo, New York 2015


Examples of Previous Lines

Can I borrow your credit card? Kansas City, Missouri 2016

"You don't see that every day." OR "You do not see that every day." Columbus, Ohio 2018

I have just one question... Washington, District of Columbia 2012

It could be anything. Huntsville, Alabama 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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