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

Bob or Barbara Barnes, yoga instructor Seattle, Washington 2018

Phil or Phoebe Hendwind, Substitute Teacher Portland, Maine 2015

Ed or Emily Kaye, Professional Organizer Austin, Texas 2006

Ramona or Ramon Perez, Cat Behavior Specialist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016

Examples of Previous Props

knife, fork and spoon Richmond, Virginia 2017

a coffee pot or coffee maker Providence, Rhode Island 2009

Examples of Previous Lines

I can't tell you. It's a secret. OR I cannot tell you. It is a secret. Saint Louis, Missouri 2018

No way. Never again. Seattle, Washington 2014

Uncle Bill gave me good advice. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020

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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