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

Gretta or Greg Maisel, Waiter Salt Lake City, Utah 2015

Bill or Betty Black, Carpet Cleaner Dallas, Texas 2007

Lefty or Lucy Ellsworth, Professional Athlete Louisville, Kentucky 2014

Walter or Wendy Buckley, Locksmith Austin, Texas 2015


Examples of Previous Props

A Waterbottle Des Moines, Iowa 2019

fast food catsup or mustard packet Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2011


Examples of Previous Lines

Is it supposed to look like this? Portland, Oregon 2018

Where have I heard that before? New Haven, Connecticut 2018

What time is it? Houston, Texas 2016

You forgot something. Asheville, North Carolina 2018

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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