Required Elements How It Works

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

Stephen or Stephanie Dufour, Wedding Planner Seattle, Washington 2011

Mike or Meg Jordache, Member of the Paparazzi Seattle, Washington 2008

Lenny or Lenora Chavez, Veterinarian Seattle, Washington 2007

Johan or Johanna Bush, hair stylist Seattle, Washington 2020

Examples of Previous Props

a pair of scissors Seattle, Washington 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

Wrong. Guess again. Seattle, Washington 2009

Everything is going to change--starting now. Seattle, Washington 2007

Does this smell weird to you? Seattle, Washington 2016

The depth of your ignorance is deep. Seattle, Washington 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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