Required Elements How It Works

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

Jack or Jacqueline Robertson, Life Coach Dundee, United Kingdom 2012

Ann or Alan Knight, Transit Company Employee Atlanta, Georgia 2009

Meg or Miles Madigan, Magician Salt Lake City, Utah 2011

Mr. or Mrs. Danoff, Substitute Teacher Columbus, Ohio 2011

Examples of Previous Props

a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009

a string instrument New York, New York 2008

a portable music player Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007

Examples of Previous Lines

Sometimes we need to clean our own mess. Mumbai, India 2014

I'd like to see you try. New Haven, Connecticut 2013

I've looked and I can't find it. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010

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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