Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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
Clay or Claire Vernon, Help Desk Representative Austin, Texas 2017
Nathan or Nancy Thomas, Writer Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016
Jim or Jana Davis, Coach Des Moines, Iowa 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a coffee pot or coffee maker Providence, Rhode Island 2009
Headphones or Ear Buds Minneapolis, Minnesota 2017
a paper plate Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014
a broom Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
You gotta give me something to work with. Fargo, North Dakota 2009
What would your mother say? San Antonio, Texas 2016
“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015
Cool it. I know what I'm doing. Orlando, Florida 2010
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.