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

Joey or Joy Treehorn, Real Estate Agent Paducah, Kentucky 2017

Jared or Joanna Lambert, Inspector Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2022

Jalen or Jada Gallery, Nurse Denver, Colorado 2020

Dominic or DeeDee Prentish, Insurance Agent Jacksonville, Florida 2022

Examples of Previous Props

a child's block Austin, Texas 2008

Examples of Previous Lines

You know what they say. Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

"Not now. I'll tell you when." OR "Not now. I will tell you when." Cleveland, Ohio 2022

She didn't have to be like that. San Jose, California 2013

You're making a big mistake. Paducah, Kentucky 2013

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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