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

Brent or Bridget Davenport, Runner-Up

Ali(stair) or Ali(son) Sanders Collector

Stan or Sarah Gibbs Communicable Disease Specialist

Gilles or Gisele Combard, Génie / Genius

Richard or Rachel Andreus Foreman/Crew Leader

Examples of Previous Props

a dollar bill

a bottle of bright red nail polish

a ball

une pile

a big pink eraser

une poubelle

an index card

an envelope

a photo of a relative


a greeting card

a briefcase

Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"On en parle ou on en parle pas?"

"I can do that."

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

"Today's the day." or "Today is the day."

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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