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

Tam or Tammie Gordon, Poet Hampton Roads, Virginia 2011

Gretta or Greg Maisel, Waiter Salt Lake City, Utah 2015

Nick or Nicki Anders, Electrician Orlando, Florida 2011

Geoffery or Gigi Cook, Consultant San Francisco, California 2010

Examples of Previous Props

an extension cord Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2019

a picture of a bride Lynchburg, Virginia 2019

a teddy bear Houston, Texas 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

This could get complicated. Boston, Massachusetts 2008

"What time do we have to be there?" Las Vegas, Nevada 2017

When will she be here? Atlanta, Georgia 2011

"What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?" Cleveland, Ohio 2019

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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