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

Wilma or Winston Weatherbee, Gardener Boston, Massachusetts 2010

Tyler or Tyra Hampton, Electrician Richmond, Virginia 2011

Matt or Marie Clifton, Gardener Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2007

Roy or Rachel Schwarz, Quality Control Expert Portland, Oregon 2007


Examples of Previous Props

blue painter's tape Des Moines, Iowa 2008

a deck of cards Mumbai, India 2011


Examples of Previous Lines

Hey! My Mom gave me that. Los Angeles, California 2007

I can't hear you. Madison, Wisconsin 2010

Here we go again. Little Rock, Arkansas 2010

The book says it is important not to miss this step. Singapore 2013

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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