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
Mark or Mary Wambua, Street Vendor Nairobi, Kenya 2013
Paul or Paula Perry, Detective Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
Chrispian or Christine Woods, Flight Attendant Toronto, Canada 2011
Calvin or Caroline Deedle, Taxi Driver Honolulu, Hawaii 2008
Examples of Previous Props
cheese Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
a dollar bill Houston, Texas 2013
a key chain Buffalo, New York 2007
a bucket Austin, Texas 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Keep that thing away from me. San Diego, California 2007
The whole thing was a mess. Kansas City, Missouri 2008
I owe you an apology. Dallas, Texas 2007
Quit your havering. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 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.