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
Bob or Barbara Maloney, lawyer Little Rock, Arkansas 2006
Thomas or Tammy Cox, Motivational Speaker Melbourne, Australia 2014
Ellie or Ethan St. John, President New York, New York 2010
Steve or Stephanie Rivera, Barista Cleveland, Ohio 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a sleeping bag Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
A screwdriver Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2009
a mug Chicago, Illinois 2010
coins Des Moines, Iowa 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
I'm taking it one day at a time. Washington, District of Columbia 2011
When are you going to clean up this mess? San Francisco, California 2006
I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 2013
Do you think you can do that again? Washington, District of Columbia 2010
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.