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
Dennis or Debbie Karlsen, Waiter or Waitress Dallas, Texas 2011
Chris or Christina Murray, Captain Los Angeles, California 2006
Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011
Q. Treller, Secret Society Member Baltimore, Maryland 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a birthday candle Little Rock, Arkansas 2007
a power cord Paducah, Kentucky 2014
alarm clock Kansas City, Missouri 2011
a thermometer Seattle, Washington 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
It's not easy being me. Nashville, Tennessee 2010
I meant to tell you a few days ago. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
Happy? You bet I'm happy. Inland Empire, California 2015
"We're running out of time." Or "We are running out of time." Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
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.