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

Frank or Frankie Riordan, Student Kansas City, Missouri 2015

Stan or Stella Gill, ex-ballplayer New Orleans, Louisiana 2017

Clark or Claire Cumberland, Musician or Singer Washington, District of Columbia 2016

Jane or John McClane, undercover operative Cleveland, Ohio 2019

Examples of Previous Props

a business card Des Moines, Iowa 2007

a cell phone Columbus, Ohio 2010

pistachio nuts Portland, Oregon 2010

Examples of Previous Lines

If you want me, you know where to find me. Baltimore, Maryland 2012

That has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Saint Louis, Missouri 2015

How's that supposed to help? Des Moines, Iowa 2015

Sometimes that's all you need. San Diego, California 2015

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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