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

Joseph or Joanne Wilmers, Photographer Fargo, North Dakota 2011

Jacob or Janice Simon, Instructor Salt Lake City, Utah 2008

David or Deanna Limerock, Musician New Haven, Connecticut 2019

Michael or Michelle Dooley, Green Expert Richmond, Virginia 2009

Examples of Previous Props

a cardboard box Buffalo, New York 2008

a 'For Sale' sign San Diego, California 2019

a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007

a pair of pliers Savannah, Georgia 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

What can I say? It's the best. San Francisco, California 2014

My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011

What were you thinking? Salt Lake City, Utah 2011

Why does everything always happen to me? Washington, District of Columbia 2018

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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