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
Maureen or Martin Nutmeg, Liar New Haven, Connecticut 2018
John or Juanita Shold, Tourist Des Moines, Iowa 2007
Ira or Irene Livingston, Dishwasher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008
Bryant or Bryanna Landee, Author Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016
Examples of Previous Props
A Watch Providence, Rhode Island 2006
a dustpan Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2012
A check San Antonio, Texas 2017
a book Detroit, Michigan 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
We?ll know when we get there. Fargo, North Dakota 2008
Now you're making sense. Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
I don't like it. Paducah, Kentucky 2010
Quiet, please. I'm trying to think. Charlotte, North Carolina 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.