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
Mary or Mark Zickean, Chef Trainee Charlotte, North Carolina 2016
Ben or Beatrice Clooney, Twin New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Joe or Jeannie Mandanda, Municipal Employee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010
Desdemona or Dexter Taylor, Psychology Professor Cleveland, Ohio 2011
Examples of Previous Props
an index card Huntsville, Alabama 2015
a magnet Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011
a brush Portland, Maine 2012
a tomato Richmond, Virginia 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"You will never know." OR "You'll never know." Savannah, Georgia 2019
I wish I had an answer for you. Dallas, Texas 2014
"I love it. What do you call it?" Madison, Wisconsin 2018
After all this time it still works. San Diego, California 2017
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.