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
Grant or Gina MacDonald, Window Washer Asheville, North Carolina 2019
Claire or Clarence B. Deluxe, Problem Solver Houston, Texas 2015
Earl or Ellen Frickle, Chair of a Board of Directors Saint Louis, Missouri 2008
Brian or Brianna Knox, Detective Inland Empire, California 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a flower or flowers Savannah, Georgia 2016
a can opener Madison, Wisconsin 2015
a bandage Phoenix, Arizona 2007
Sunglasses Cincinnati, Ohio 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Do what you want to do. Columbus, Ohio 2011
"Give me a break" Los Angeles, California 2017
"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
Who said that? Lynchburg, Virginia 2018
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.