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
Amos or Amy Belanger, Historian San Diego, California 2009
Rosalie or Roman Rodriguez, Tightwad Albuquerque, New Mexico 2013
Tommy or Tammy Blackwell, Undercover Police Officer Dallas, Texas 2015
Ian or Ilene Lober, Painter Columbus, Ohio 2017
Examples of Previous Props
a dollar bill Houston, Texas 2013
a peach Atlanta, Georgia 2014
a banana Austin, Texas 2009
a tablet Orlando, Florida 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
She doesn't say much. Indianapolis, Indiana 2012
You need help. Providence, Rhode Island 2010
That is the way it goes. Jacksonville, Florida 2017
Whatever you do, don't move. Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
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.