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

Alex or Alexis Templeton, Science Teacher Las Vegas, Nevada 2010

Bill or Billie Jean Gecko, Assistant Albuquerque, New Mexico 2019

Shawn or Sherri McDonald, mechanic Austin, Texas 2016

Don or Dot Benway, Exterminator Baltimore, Maryland 2016

Examples of Previous Props

a canteloupe New Hampshire 2013

A swimming pool object Paducah, Kentucky 2017

Examples of Previous Lines

"Take your time. I'm not going anywhere." OR "Take your time. I am not going anywhere." Austin, Texas 2021

Just wait and see. Salt Lake City, Utah 2008

"I hate it when you say that." Indianapolis, Indiana 2020

Would you please stop doing that? San Antonio, Texas 2022

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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