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
Ryan or Rita Coccinelle, Entomologist Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
Sid or Susan Dionne, Restaurant Owner Asheville, North Carolina 2006
Mia or Miles Gonzales, Human Resources Coordinator Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a photo of a relative Washington, District of Columbia 2015
a wrench Louisville, Kentucky 2008
a power cord Paducah, Kentucky 2014
Business Card San Francisco, California 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
I don't have a clue. San Francisco, California 2012
Technically, you are correct. Nashville, Tennessee 2016
I don't trust her. Asheville, North Carolina 2013
She told me it's a secret. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
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.