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

Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011

Ross or Rose Gillen, Upholsterer/Furniture Maker San Antonio, Texas 2011

Ed or Edna Keegan, Reporter Salt Lake City, Utah 2010

Kevin or Katie Keenan, Graphic Designer Houston, Texas 2011


Examples of Previous Props

watermelon - whole, a piece, or any form Nashville, Tennessee 2013


Examples of Previous Lines

I think I can do it. Atlanta, Georgia 2009

Come on. You can tell me. Portland, Maine 2013

Well, that certainly changes things. Singapore 2010

I've got a hunch about this. Inland Empire, California 2008

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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