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

Jonathan or Janice Simon, Professor Tampa, Florida 2012

Megan or Pete Van Gibb, Bride or Groom Tampa, Florida 2007

Arthur or Arlene Zinnia, Acupuncturist Cincinnati, Ohio 2011

Thelma or Thud Taylor, person of action Boston, Massachusetts 2018

Examples of Previous Props

a wrapped gift Portland, Maine 2016

Examples of Previous Lines

Hold on, let me write that down. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008

What are you working on? or Watcha working on? Providence, Rhode Island 2011

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

The devil is in the details. 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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