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

Tom or Thea Quimby, Gossip Boston, Massachusetts 2007

Alex or Alexis Filbert, Champion Los Angeles, California 2009

Paul or Paula Franciosa, Activist Washington, District of Columbia 2017

Max or Maxine Lydard, House Guest Richmond, Virginia 2013

Examples of Previous Props

safety glasses Paducah, Kentucky 2011

Examples of Previous Lines

That's one way to get rid of him. Greensboro, North Carolina 2018

It's BYOB, so you know what that means. Austin, Texas 2013

I'd love to know what goes on in there. Savannah, Georgia 2011

I bet you dollars to donuts... Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014

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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