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.
Examples of Previous Characters
Sylvester or Sylvia Barlow, Classical Musician Richmond, Virginia 2008
Chris or Christy Bowen, Sailor Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
Ed or Emma Butler, Travel Agent Hampton Roads, Virginia 2009
Chris or Christina Murray, Blogger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a mattress Tampa, Florida 2009
deck of cards Columbus, Ohio 2011
a hat Cincinnati, Ohio 2014
a bandage Santa Rosa, California 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Do you believe her? Denver, Colorado 2008
That's not how I would have handled it. Baltimore, Maryland 2011
Where do you want to meet? Madison, Wisconsin 2011
Is that all you've got to say? Asheville, North Carolina 2008
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.
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.
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.