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

Thierry or Tami Bison, Interior Decorator New Orleans, Louisiana 2011

Sam or Sally Turnbucket, city employee Tampa, Florida 2018

Reginald or Regina Worthington, Banker Seattle, Washington 2012

Oscar or Olivia Olmsted, Landscape Designer/Engineer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013


Examples of Previous Props

Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006

A Children's Book New Haven, Connecticut 2018

a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009

a cardboard box Buffalo, New York 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

Watch and learn. Richmond, Virginia 2016

It's not easy being me. Nashville, Tennessee 2010

What can I do to help? Buffalo, New York 2012

Who wants to know? Kansas City, Missouri 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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