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

Trevor or Tina DuMonde, Racer Portland, Oregon 2014

Danae or Daniel Magalees, Writer Paducah, Kentucky 2012

Danny or Denise Thompson, Wine Expert London, United Kingdom 2008

Alan or Alma Roberts, Fashion Designer Louisville, Kentucky 2007


Examples of Previous Props

a stuffed animal Des Moines, Iowa 2013

a coloring book Des Moines, Iowa 2012


Examples of Previous Lines

I've been there. You don't want to go. Saint Louis, Missouri 2008

I did that last time. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007

Why don't you explain it to me. Detroit, Michigan 2009

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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