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
Gus or Gloria Lorenz, Trade Expert San Francisco, California 2008
Glen or Glenda Travers, House Painter Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Themba or Nothemba Skosana, Photographer Johannesburg, South Africa 2013
Benjamin or Bethany Grimes, Professional Organizer New York, New York 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a pitcher New Haven, Connecticut 2012
a clock Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2011
a flag Richmond, Virginia 2013
a wrapped gift Jackson, Mississippi 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Time will tell. Singapore 2011
You know, I was thinking the same thing. Baltimore, Maryland 2008
What's the worst that could happen? San Antonio, Texas 2008
How was I supposed to know? Los Angeles, California 2009
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.