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

Ian or Ilene Lober, Painter Columbus, Ohio 2017

Andrew or Andrea Loper, Detective Nashville, Tennessee 2014

Ross or Rose Gillen, Upholsterer/Furniture Maker San Antonio, Texas 2011

Cal or Cathy Coltrane, Someone affected by the legalization of marijuana in Oregon Portland, Oregon 2015


Examples of Previous Props

a wrapped gift Columbus, Ohio 2015

recycling bin or recycling basket Orlando, Florida 2011


Examples of Previous Lines

"You don't see that every day." OR "You do not see that every day." Columbus, Ohio 2018

You better double check. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008

I guess that's OK. Savannah, Georgia 2014

Whatever you do, don't move. Indianapolis, Indiana 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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