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
Peter or Penny Monkton, Linguist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2007
Jason or Janice Strawberry, Realtor Detroit, Michigan 2010
Ed or Edna Keegan, Reporter Salt Lake City, Utah 2010
Anthony or Anna Loomis, Reporter Hampton Roads, Virginia 2007
Examples of Previous Props
a key chain Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
A pair of sandals San Jose, California 2017
a greeting card Savannah, Georgia 2011
a melon Providence, Rhode Island 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
You know, I was thinking the same thing. Baltimore, Maryland 2008
I know a thing or two. New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
"I've got a secret." OR "I have a secret." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
Why am I always first? Richmond, Virginia 2012
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.