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
Sam or Sally Brown, Event Planner San Diego, California 2006
Carl or Carla Ross, Plumber Des Moines, Iowa 2010
Greg or Gretta Hanson, Storyteller Jacksonville, Florida 2013
Chris or Christina Murray, Blogger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012
Examples of Previous Props
chocolate Boston, Massachusetts 2012
a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009
a pizza box Columbus, Ohio 2012
a head of lettuce Columbus, Ohio 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
Have you been here before? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012
Do you have what it takes? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008
That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012
Let's not do this today. New Delhi, India 2014
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.