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
Meg or Miles Madigan, Magician Salt Lake City, Utah 2011
Oliver or Olivia Masterson, Cyclist/Biker New York, New York 2012
Reggie or Rebecca Miltonshire, Foreign Visitor Paducah, Kentucky 2016
Jonathan or Janice Simon, Professor Tampa, Florida 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a lamp Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
salt and pepper shakers Tampa, Florida 2007
A towel Richmond, Virginia 2018
earphones or ear buds Nashville, Tennessee 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
"That's what they told me." OR "That is what they told me." Louisville, Kentucky 2018
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
"What just happened?" New Orleans, Louisiana 2017
You know I hate shortcuts. Atlanta, Georgia 2016
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.