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

Ted or Tess Brookings, Building Contractor Saint Louis, Missouri 2014

J. Butler Bedford, Detective Little Rock, Arkansas 2011

Michael or Michelle Anthony, Professor Seattle, Washington 2015

Oliver or Olivia Danoff, Inspector Jacksonville, Florida 2016

Examples of Previous Props

Christmas lights Madison, Wisconsin 2007

a handbook/instructions Los Angeles, California 2015

Examples of Previous Lines

"You have got to be kidding me." OR "You've got to be kidding me." Louisville, Kentucky 2017

?Keep that thing away from me.? San Antonio, Texas 2007

It's BYOB, so you know what that means. Austin, Texas 2013

What the hell is this? Cincinnati, Ohio 2009

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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