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
Reginald or Regina H. Higginbotham, Diplomat Boston, Massachusetts 2008
Kevin or Kerrianne Boothbay, Government Employee Detroit, Michigan 2013
Riley Tompkins, Teacher Washington, District of Columbia 2011
Dale or Darlene Taylor, Auto Mechanic Dallas, Texas 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a decorative pin Inland Empire, California 2009
a garden hose San Diego, California 2013
an auto part Indianapolis, Indiana 2010
a pair of pliers Nashville, Tennessee 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
What did you do that for? Jacksonville, Florida 2009
She told me you'd say that. Orlando, Florida 2012
If at first you don't succeed...you know the rest. Des Moines, Iowa 2007
We really need to work this out. Des Moines, Iowa 2006
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.