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
Andrew or Andrea Loper, Detective Nashville, Tennessee 2014
Gary or Gretta Greenberg, TV News Person San Diego, California 2012
Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009
Rachel or Raymond Chentoe, Cook Hampton Roads, Virginia 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a checkbook Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
powdered sugar Albuquerque, New Mexico 2012
a marker Austin, Texas 2012
tissue paper / paper napkin New Delhi, India 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Why didn't I think of that? Chicago, Illinois 2013
Go lay some tiles on the beach?" Beirut, Lebanon 2011
The book says it is important not to miss this step. Singapore 2013
Never mind. Gaborone, Botswana 2013
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.