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
Tina or Tim Thackery, Mechanic Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
Bryce or Brittany Felton, Substitute Teacher San Francisco, California 2017
Doug or Donna Dupin, water tester New Hampshire 2012
Rob or Robyn Sarvis, Travel Specialist Madison, Wisconsin 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a rubber band New Orleans, Louisiana 2009
A folding chair Jacksonville, Florida 2019
a tire or wheel Little Rock, Arkansas 2010
a plant Dallas, Texas 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
She was here just a minute ago. Orlando, Florida 2016
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
You decide. I don't care. Memphis, Tennessee 2015
"No, that's not right." OR "No, that is not right." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
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.