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
Brad or Brenda Billups, Treasurer Fargo, North Dakota 2008
Simon or Simone Turkana, Realtor Savannah, Georgia 2010
Eric or Erin Roddy, Photographer Louisville, Kentucky 2011
Claude or Claudette Gascomb, Cook Little Rock, Arkansas 2008
Examples of Previous Props
an iron Portland, Oregon 2012
a knife Mumbai, India 2012
a guitar Singapore 2013
a newspaper Providence, Rhode Island 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
What's in it for me? Inland Empire, California 2013
What's your recommendation? Toronto, Canada 2011
Whoa, I didn't see that coming. Salt Lake City, Utah 2009
Why does everyone always say that? Austin, Texas 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.