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

Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009

Lyle or Leslie Sherman, Interpretor Greensboro, North Carolina 2016

Johnny or Joanne Miler, CEO New Orleans, Louisiana 2010

Dave or Diane Pellaton, President Detroit, Michigan 2011

Examples of Previous Props

a cardboard box Buffalo, New York 2008

A string instrument Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2018

Examples of Previous Lines

Look out. Here comes Mr. Know-it-all. Chicago, Illinois 2014

I don't think you're supposed to hold it like that. San Francisco, California 2013

Help me get this out. Louisville, Kentucky 2012

Do you trust me? Cleveland, Ohio 2021

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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