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

Reggie or Rebecca Miltonshire, Foreign Visitor Paducah, Kentucky 2016

R. Thomas, Athlete Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012

Shawn or Sharon Middleton, Wordsmith Boston, Massachusetts 2015

Alex or Alexis Foyt, Hotel Employee Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008

Examples of Previous Props

a box of tissues San Antonio, Texas 2015

Examples of Previous Lines

What am I supposed to do with this? New Haven, Connecticut 2012

"I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine." OR "I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine." San Antonio, Texas 2017

"Wanna see something cool?" OR "Want to see something cool?" Salt Lake City, Utah 2019

She should be here any minute. Buffalo, New York 2015

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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