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

Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008

Hector or Helen DeMartini, Philanthropist Memphis, Tennessee 2014

Alan or Alana Abercrombie, Hypochondriac Austin, Texas 2012

Max or Marie Otterbein, Waiter/Waitress New Hampshire 2009

Examples of Previous Props

a journal or diary Little Rock, Arkansas 2014

tissue paper / paper napkin New Delhi, India 2014

Examples of Previous Lines

Is that all I am to you? Saint Louis, Missouri 2006

I hate to say I told you so. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013

What has that got to do with anything? Cleveland, Ohio 2008

I have always wanted to do that. Singapore 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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