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

Paul or Pearl Duncan, Driver Nashville, Tennessee 2011

Louis or Louise Ledbetter, Neighborhood Busybody Baltimore, Maryland 2012

Max or Maxine Lydard, House Guest Richmond, Virginia 2013

Noah or Noa Reuben, baker Seattle, Washington 2018

Examples of Previous Props

a photo/painting of a deceased relative Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2016

a cassette tape Atlanta, Georgia 2015

Breakfast Taco Austin, Texas 2017

Examples of Previous Lines

When you come up with something good, let me know. Boston, Massachusetts 2007

Do what you want to do. Columbus, Ohio 2011

My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011

Did you enjoy yourself last night? Cincinnati, Ohio 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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