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.

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

Stan or Sarah Gibbs, Communicable Disease Specialist Houston, Texas 2007

Tammy or Tommy Shuttles, Singer Little Rock, Arkansas 2012

Sam or Sara Carpenter, Ticket Seller Columbus, Ohio 2010

Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a pair of pliers Savannah, Georgia 2018


Examples of Previous Lines

There's only one thing to say. San Francisco, California 2016

"We only have a few minutes." Los Angeles, California 2017

"Something isn't right." OR "Something is not right." Des Moines, Iowa 2019

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

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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