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
Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008
Frank or Frankie June, Activist Melbourne, Australia 2012
Lefty or Lucy Ellsworth, Professional Athlete Louisville, Kentucky 2014
Michelle or Michael Murray, City Employee Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a bucket Austin, Texas 2013
Medicine Baltimore, Maryland 2006
a bottle Los Angeles, California 2012
a hula hoop Baltimore, Maryland 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
When do you need it? Dallas, Texas 2011
They will get them if we let them. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007
Can you tell me what just happened? Las Vegas, Nevada 2013
Don't tell her, whatever you do. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 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.