Required Elements How It Works

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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.

Examples of Previous Characters

Susan or Simon Frances Teacher

Mykal or Mykala Jonas, Slick Sales Person

Ali(stair) or Ali(son) Sanders Collector

Sherman or Sharon Brown Recently Unemployed

Kevin or Katie Keenan Graphic Designer

Octave or Ophélie Caluire, Marin

Examples of Previous Props

a photo of a relative

an index card

a ball

a lightbulb

a bowl


an envelope

a brush

a greeting card

a mask

a book

a big pink eraser

Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"Franchement, tu l'as bien cherché."

"He's been around a time or two." or "He has been around a time or two."

"There's nothing to it." or "There is nothing to it."

"I owe you an apology."

Helpful Hints

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.

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.

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.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

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