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

Steve or Stephanie Nash, Detective New Haven, Connecticut 2013

Charles or Carla Hollandaise, Plastic Surgeon New Haven, Connecticut 2014

Maureen or Martin Nutmeg, Liar New Haven, Connecticut 2018

Kevin or Kitty Carlson, Translator New Haven, Connecticut 2012


Examples of Previous Props

a glove or gloves New Haven, Connecticut 2015


Examples of Previous Lines

That's not what she said. New Haven, Connecticut 2011

She's a good friend of mine. New Haven, Connecticut 2015

Where have I heard that before? New Haven, Connecticut 2018

What am I supposed to do with this? New Haven, Connecticut 2012

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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