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
Simon or Sandy Taggert, Chess Player Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
Mike or Marie Martin, Travel Agent Atlanta, Georgia 2007
Marvin or Melissa Garren, Organic Farmer Paducah, Kentucky 2013
Tshidi Mogwase, Translator Gaborone, Botswana 2013
Examples of Previous Props
plant seeds Denver, Colorado 2008
deck of cards Columbus, Ohio 2011
a napkin Los Angeles, California 2014
a stool Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
Hold this. I'll be right back. Santa Rosa, California 2013
Tell me what's on your mind. Inland Empire, California 2009
I have a surprise for you. Portland, Oregon 2010
Believe me, it's worth it. Boston, Massachusetts 2013
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.