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
Mykal or Mykala Jonas, Slick Sales Person Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
Andrew or Andrea Loper, Detective Nashville, Tennessee 2014
Lloyd or Laura Flowers, Gambler Paducah, Kentucky 2011
Chris or Christina Miliaris, Professor Dallas, Texas 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a wrapped gift Columbus, Ohio 2015
a suitcase Memphis, Tennessee 2016
a glass bowl Inland Empire, California 2015
a suitcase Little Rock, Arkansas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
I canceled my plans for this New York, New York 2008
Happy? You bet I'm happy. Inland Empire, California 2015
"Give me a break" Los Angeles, California 2017
Why did I listen to you? Paducah, Kentucky 2015
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.