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
Kelly or Kelli McBride, Teacher Des Moines, Iowa 2011
Kris or Kristy Carter, Mathematician Buffalo, New York 2016
John or Jane Cartwell, Detective Saint Louis, Missouri 2018
Josie or Jared Blarmer, Barber or Beautician Las Vegas, Nevada 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a key chain Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
a towel Nashville, Tennessee 2015
a towel Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
a bird Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
"That's a good question. A very good question." OR "That is a good question. A very good question." San Francisco, California 2017
I promise it won't happen again. Louisville, Kentucky 2006
I've looked and I can't find it. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
What's that smell? Louisville, Kentucky 2010
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.