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
Kevin or Kristen O'Mara, Home Inspector Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007
Alice or Andrew Mann, Bartender Orlando, Florida 2010
Meena or Mohan Singh, Government Employee Mumbai, India 2011
Jenny or Jimbo Sanders, Real Estate Tycoon Memphis, Tennessee 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a regular telephone Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
a lunch box Johannesburg, South Africa 2012
a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007
a drumstick Washington, District of Columbia 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Please tell me that's not what I think it is. Los Angeles, California 2011
Nothing is mundane. Cleveland, Ohio 2011
That's not the way we do it. Denver, Colorado 2009
You remind me of my uncle. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014
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.