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

Dante or Danetta Longfellow, Professor New Orleans, Louisiana 2016

Larry or Lori Gardner, Designer Washington, District of Columbia 2008

Meg or Miles Madigan, Magician Salt Lake City, Utah 2011

Andy or Annie Benoit, Plumber Little Rock, Arkansas 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a picture of a bride Lynchburg, Virginia 2019


Examples of Previous Lines

Forget it. I already have. San Francisco, California 2008

Just wait and see. Salt Lake City, Utah 2008

You can ask her yourself. Richmond, Virginia 2009

There's nothing like it, is there? New Orleans, Louisiana 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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