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

Chico or Cha Cha Rodriguez, ballroom dancer Richmond, Virginia 2019

Wendy or Wyatt McGovern, entrepreneur Kansas City, Missouri 2018

Zach or Zinnia Needham, Takeout Delivery Person Austin, Texas 2008

Zoltar or Zelda Nickelson, Fortune Teller Little Rock, Arkansas 2014


Examples of Previous Props


Examples of Previous Lines

Hug me close and call me ?Sugar'. Greensboro, North Carolina 2007

What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016

From now on you call the shots. Richmond, Virginia 2011

Tell me what you know. Buffalo, New York 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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