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

Mark or Meg Elba, Illustrator Dallas, Texas 2017

Kelly Cartier, School Administrator Albuquerque, New Mexico 2015

Joan or John Barickle, Architect New York, New York 2019

Lloyd or Laura Flowers, Gambler Paducah, Kentucky 2011


Examples of Previous Props

a picture of a bride Lynchburg, Virginia 2019


Examples of Previous Lines

How did you know I was here? Austin, Texas 2007

Yes! I mean, I hope so. Boston, Massachusetts 2009

Today's the day. Amarillo, Texas 2015

Do you have any questions? San Francisco, California 2011

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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