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

Fred or Frida Keeting, Union Boss Seattle, Washington 2016

Tina or Tim Thackery, Mechanic Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010

Alice or Andrew Mann, Bartender Orlando, Florida 2010

Donny or Donna Melbrook, Realtor Portland, Maine 2014

Examples of Previous Props

a purple object Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

A sealed envelope New York, New York 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

"You should get that looked at." Seattle, Washington 2017

That looks like fun. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014

That's exactly what she said. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007

You don't know what you're talking about. Cincinnati, Ohio 2014

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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