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

Louis or Louise Grimes, City Employee Chicago, Illinois 2009

Jeff or Justine Hahn, guru Los Angeles, California 2021

Mac or Meg McGill, Explorer Portland, Oregon 2011

Marta or Martin Fuse, Customer Service Specialist Houston, Texas 2017

Examples of Previous Props

a dollar bill Houston, Texas 2013

a stuffed animal Des Moines, Iowa 2013

a marshmallow Des Moines, Iowa 2011

Examples of Previous Lines

Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011

I've never tried it, but I hear it's great. Dallas, Texas 2010

I owe you an apology. Houston, Texas 2011

Step aside, we've got to get through. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2006

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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