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
Mayo or Maggie Logan, Chef San Francisco, California 2007
Paul or Paula Sangert, IT Specialist New Hampshire 2013
Nathan or Natalie Brazil, kleptomaniac Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
Dan or Danielle Frost, Locksmith Madison, Wisconsin 2014
Examples of Previous Props
flip flops Buffalo, New York 2011
a calendar Nashville, Tennessee 2008
an extension cord Columbus, Ohio 2013
an umbrella Houston, Texas 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
It's just like my mother always said. Greensboro, North Carolina 2006
Tell me what you know. Buffalo, New York 2010
I need to tell you something. New Hampshire 2010
Let me tell you something. New Haven, Connecticut 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.