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

Adam and Ava Detraux, Inspector Hampton Roads, Virginia 2017

Nick or Nicole Nelson, Pizza Restaurant Employee Fargo, North Dakota 2009

Benjamin or Bethany Grimes, Professional Organizer New York, New York 2009

Mike or Michaela Maldari, Musician Providence, Rhode Island 2010

Examples of Previous Props

a cardboard box Buffalo, New York 2008

Examples of Previous Lines

Who died and made you king? Savannah, Georgia 2017

The devil is in the details. Washington, District of Columbia 2018

She told me to tell you, "She's leaving town". OR She told me to tell you, "She is leaving town". Des Moines, Iowa 2020

How was I supposed to know? Los Angeles, California 2009

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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