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
Greg or Gretta Calhoun, Architect Des Moines, Iowa 2009
Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013
Chris or Christy Bowen, Sailor Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
Claire or Clarence Tilden, Hotel Employee Jacksonville, Florida 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a fly swatter Seattle, Washington 2014
a canteloupe New Hampshire 2013
deck of cards Columbus, Ohio 2011
a weed whacker Dallas, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
I'm taking it one day at a time. Washington, District of Columbia 2011
Don't look now, we may have trouble. Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
I owe you an apology. Houston, Texas 2011
Give me the bad news. Greensboro, North Carolina 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.