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

Liam or Linda Oakley-Brown, Inventor Atlanta, Georgia 2013

Kirk or Kaia Nordenstrom, Carpenter San Jose, California 2016

Johnny or Juliette Meggers, substitute teacher Lynchburg, Virginia 2018

Nathan or Natalie Brazil, kleptomaniac Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017


Examples of Previous Props

a head of cabbage Buffalo, New York 2009

a cassette tape Atlanta, Georgia 2015


Examples of Previous Lines

"I can't get an answer from anyone." Or " I cannot get an answer from anyone." Albuquerque, New Mexico 2020

There must be a better way. Portland, Oregon 2019

You know what they say. Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

Is that the best you can find? Los Angeles, California 2016

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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