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
Louis or Louise Grimes, City Employee Chicago, Illinois 2009
Kyle or Kylie Sturgeon, Inventor Kansas City, Missouri 2014
Arthur or Arlene Zinnia, Acupuncturist Cincinnati, Ohio 2011
Shawn or Sharon Middleton, Wordsmith Boston, Massachusetts 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a plate Las Vegas, Nevada 2009
a paint brush Washington, District of Columbia 2016
cheese Fargo, North Dakota 2011
An avocado San Francisco, California 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Have you ever heard of such a thing? Honolulu, Hawaii 2007
Call me as soon as you hear anything. San Francisco, California 2007
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
Whatever happened to her? Tampa, Florida 2012
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.