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

Joe or Jodi Macintosh, Writer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017

Les or Lena Olinger, Driving Instructor Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011

Harold or Harriet Ralston, Lifeguard Hampton Roads, Virginia 2008

John or Jane Cartwell, Detective Saint Louis, Missouri 2018

Examples of Previous Props

A sealed envelope Columbus, Ohio 2020

a deck of cards Amarillo, Texas 2016

Examples of Previous Lines

We don't have time for this. Portland, Oregon 2015

Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep. Cleveland, Ohio 2017

"You don't have a clue, do you?" or "You do not have a clue, do you?" Boston, Massachusetts 2019

Leave it to me, I'm a professional. Los Angeles, California 2008

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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