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

Lyle or Lora Engdahl, Writer Chicago, Illinois 2011

Sam or Samantha Tuomi, Caterer Greensboro, North Carolina 2009

Alan or Alana Sarmast, Next Door Neighbor Providence, Rhode Island 2011

Pete or Petunia Clark, Farmer's Market Vendor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018

Examples of Previous Props

a big pink eraser Houston, Texas 2007

a bottle of wine Dallas, Texas 2010

Examples of Previous Lines

Do you think you can do that again? Washington, District of Columbia 2010

"Sorry, the answer is no." Washington, District of Columbia 2017

He doesn't care. Dallas, Texas 2016

I have just one question... Washington, District of Columbia 2012

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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