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

Nelson or Nellie Kilcullen, Delivery Person Hampton Roads, Virginia 2020

Claude or Claudette Green, Guitarist San Francisco, California 2009

Alan or Alana Sarmast, Next Door Neighbor Providence, Rhode Island 2011

Deborah or Donald Gordon, Celebrity Chef Kansas City, Missouri 2013

Examples of Previous Props

a purple object Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

Examples of Previous Lines

"You forgot to mention that little detail." Dallas, Texas 2017

"I don't think that's what it means. OR "I do not think that is what it means." Austin, Texas 2020

We're hoping things will change. Washington, District of Columbia 2009

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

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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