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
Ted or Theresa Flimson, Talent Show Winner Buffalo, New York 2015
Michael or Michelle Anthony, Professor Seattle, Washington 2015
Dr. Clark or Claire Larson, Plastic Surgeon New Hampshire 2010
Les or Liz Bootley, Contractor Los Angeles, California 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a reusable bag Cleveland, Ohio 2012
a notebook Cleveland, Ohio 2007
a stapler Chicago, Illinois 2012
Lawn Ornament Baltimore, Maryland 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
What time is it? Houston, Texas 2016
You need help. Providence, Rhode Island 2010
Who died and made you king? Savannah, Georgia 2017
I have a funny feeling about this. Buffalo, New York 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.