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
Marvin or Melissa Garren, Organic Farmer Paducah, Kentucky 2013
Jack or Jackie Edwards, Candidate San Antonio, Texas 2012
Jenny or Jimbo Sanders, Real Estate Tycoon Memphis, Tennessee 2012
Chantal or Charles Harvey, Cartoonist Buffalo, New York 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a journal or diary Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Sunglasses Cincinnati, Ohio 2017
a rubber band Kansas City, Missouri 2009
teacup and saucer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
You don't know anything. Detroit, Michigan 2016
Do you believe her? Denver, Colorado 2008
"I love it. What do you call it?" Madison, Wisconsin 2018
He said he would be right back. New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
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.