Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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

Lyle or Leslie Witherspoon, Waiter Charlotte, North Carolina 2019

Slick or Sandy Rudd, Musician Buffalo, New York 2013

Dan or Dani Tildenson, Window Washer Cincinnati, Ohio 2017

Chris or Christie Bowdoen, Former Olympic Athlete Columbus, Ohio 2016


Examples of Previous Props


Examples of Previous Lines

You get what you pay for. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2009

You're not going to believe it. Denver, Colorado 2006

I can't believe you said that. Seattle, Washington 2010

Who came up with that? Des Moines, Iowa 2010

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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