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

Shawn or Sharon Middleton, Wordsmith Boston, Massachusetts 2015

Larry or Lori Linton, Hypochondriac Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2013

Oliver or Olivia Sandman, Doctor Atlanta, Georgia 2014

Chris or Christina Murray, Blogger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012


Examples of Previous Props

a cassette tape Chicago, Illinois 2016

headphones/earbuds New York, New York 2016


Examples of Previous Lines

I need to tell you something. New Hampshire 2010

Let me know what you think. Atlanta, Georgia 2010

Please answer my question. Charlotte, North Carolina 2019

"We're going paperless" OR "We are going paperless." New Orleans, Louisiana 2019

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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