Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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

Cam or Carrie Trepard, Hypochondriac Paducah, Kentucky 2015

Nick or Nicki Anders, Electrician Orlando, Florida 2011

Mia or Miles Gonzales, Human Resources Coordinator Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017

Mr. or Ms. Moran, Substitute Teacher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a roll of paper towels Buffalo, New York 2015

a portable music player Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007


Examples of Previous Lines

How was I supposed to know? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2018

Can you keep a secret? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017

"Oh come on. It's only five bucks." OR " Oh come on. It is only five bucks." Seattle, Washington 2018

Don't use that one. Cleveland, Ohio 2007

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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