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

Mabel or Matthew Kotik, Gardener New Orleans, Louisiana 2009

Liam or Leanne Butler, Painter Detroit, Michigan 2009

Andrew or Alexis Ruberon, Mechanic Columbus, Ohio 2018

Bill or Belinda Rainey, Talent Show Winner Paducah, Kentucky 2014


Examples of Previous Props

a billiard ball Las Vegas, Nevada 2007

Greeting Card Portland, Oregon 2017


Examples of Previous Lines

You look very familiar. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008

That's not the way we do it. Denver, Colorado 2009

If at first you don't succeed...you know the rest. Des Moines, Iowa 2007

Give me that. You don't know how to use it. Salt Lake City, Utah 2007

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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