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

Marty or Mary Quinzani, Second-in-Command Boston, Massachusetts 2009

Michael or Michelle McDugan, Carpenter Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2013

Mabel or Matthew Kotik, Gardener New Orleans, Louisiana 2009

Trey or Trista Gallup, Actor Columbus, Ohio 2021

Examples of Previous Props

blue painters tape Columbus, Ohio 2022

A reusable water bottle Paducah, Kentucky 2022

a turkey baster Detroit, Michigan 2019

Examples of Previous Lines

Here's where it gets tricky. Houston, Texas 2012

I have a surprise for you. Portland, Oregon 2010

Nothing is mundane. Cleveland, Ohio 2011

Try this. It's very relaxing. New York, New York 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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