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
Gretta or Greg Maisel, Waiter Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
Mark or Mandy Davis, Critic Albuquerque, New Mexico 2012
Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016
Chris or Christina Emerson, Journalist Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a paint brush Washington, District of Columbia 2016
nail clippers Portland, Oregon 2006
a present Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
a cardboard box Dallas, Texas 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
And voila! Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
Come on. You can tell me. Portland, Maine 2013
"You're not from around here, are you?" OR "You are not from around here, are you?" Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018
Give me some kind of sign. San Jose, California 2011
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.