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

Phil or Phoebe Hendwind, Substitute Teacher Portland, Maine 2015

Paul or Paula Perry, Detective Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011

Cam or Cat Dean, Ad Executive New York, New York 2013

Lucas or Linda Bailey, Promotional Products Salesperson Columbus, Ohio 2008


Examples of Previous Props

a pair of pliers Nashville, Tennessee 2014


Examples of Previous Lines

You forgot something. Asheville, North Carolina 2018

I'm taking it one day at a time. Washington, District of Columbia 2011

I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 2013

You said you would do it. Providence, Rhode Island 2017

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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