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
Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011
Eric or Erin Roddy, Photographer Louisville, Kentucky 2011
Arthur or Arlene Zinnia, Acupuncturist Cincinnati, Ohio 2011
Jackie or Jack Schmidt, Journalist Machinima 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a newspaper Providence, Rhode Island 2011
umbrella Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
dice Machinima 2013
a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Just wait and see. Salt Lake City, Utah 2008
I have no choice. Portland, Maine 2012
It was in the paper this morning. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2014
My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 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.