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

Mac or Meg McGill, Explorer Portland, Oregon 2011

Denny or Denise Murray, Recruiter Washington, District of Columbia 2012

Alan or Alana Beaumont, Phony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009

Kristy or Kyle Brown, Illustrator Seattle, Washington 2009

Examples of Previous Props

safety glasses Paducah, Kentucky 2011

Examples of Previous Lines

What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010

It's not mine, I swear. Cleveland, Ohio 2016

What's the matter with you? Or What is the matter with you? Duluth, Minnesota 2019

What time do you get off? Seattle, Washington 2008

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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