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
Jacqueline or Jeremiah Jones, Teacher Boston, Massachusetts 2014
Reginald or Regina H. Higginbotham, Diplomat Boston, Massachusetts 2008
Shawn or Sharon Middleton, Wordsmith Boston, Massachusetts 2015
Uncle Hank or Aunt Henrietta Boston, Massachusetts 2011
Examples of Previous Props
an envelope Boston, Massachusetts 2016
a flower Boston, Massachusetts 2018
a shoelace Boston, Massachusetts 2007
a chess piece Boston, Massachusetts 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
I didn't see that coming. Boston, Massachusetts 2011
It is what it is. Boston, Massachusetts 2014
What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016
You win some, you lose some. Boston, Massachusetts 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.