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

Fred or Frida Flash, Walking Encyclopedia San Antonio, Texas 2009

Thomas or Thelma Ellison, Former Attorney New York, New York 2008

Lucas or Linda Bailey, Promotional Products Salesperson Columbus, Ohio 2008

Rachel or Ricky Tacaro, Designer Nashville, Tennessee 2019


Examples of Previous Props

nail clippers Portland, Oregon 2006


Examples of Previous Lines

"If at first you don't succeed . . . ." OR "If at first you do not succeed . . . ." Richmond, Virginia 2019

You remind me of my uncle. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014

"That's the way we do it." OR "That is the way we do it." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019

Just do it yourself. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2015

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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