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
Frank or Frieda Gilroy, Waiter/Waitress Houston, Texas 2008
Larry or Lori Linton, Hypochondriac Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2013
Jim or Janice Rhodes, A Phony Little Rock, Arkansas 2016
Gabriel or Gabriela Cortez, computer programmer Cleveland, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a letter Richmond, Virginia 2015
a jar Des Moines, Iowa 2006
tongs Memphis, Tennessee 2015
a phone charger New Orleans, Louisiana 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
What can I say? It's the best. San Francisco, California 2014
What's the matter with you? Or What is the matter with you? Duluth, Minnesota 2019
Tell me?what's the difference? Richmond, Virginia 2008
I have one simple question. Detroit, Michigan 2014
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.