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

Desdemona or Dexter Taylor, Psychology Professor Cleveland, Ohio 2011

Lucas or Lily Elepano, Coach Detroit, Michigan 2016

Jerry or Jerri Starling, Spy/Saboteur Portland, Oregon 2016

Jeffrey or Jill Scot, Former Olympic Athlete Indianapolis, Indiana 2012

Examples of Previous Props

Examples of Previous Lines

"I love it. What do you call it?" Madison, Wisconsin 2018

"It's all about time management." OR "It is all about time management." Jacksonville, Florida 2021

I need to tell you something. New Hampshire 2010

Is that the best you can find? Los Angeles, California 2016

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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