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
Ann or Andrew Poplar, Dietician Detroit, Michigan 2008
Seth or Sarah Washington, Driver Inland Empire, California 2011
Connor or Connie Ray, Job Seeker Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2013
Stan or Sarah Gibbs, Communicable Disease Specialist Houston, Texas 2007
Examples of Previous Props
an apple Chicago, Illinois 2009
scissors Fargo, North Dakota 2008
a folding chair New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
a cake Orlando, Florida 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
It makes me want to cry. Miami, Florida 2007
It won't happen again, I promise. Louisville, Kentucky 2013
Don't blame me. New Delhi, India 2012
Try it. What have you got to lose? New Orleans, Louisiana 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.