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
Vincent or Vanessa Lowe, Potter Austin, Texas 2010
Brian or Brianna Knox, Detective Inland Empire, California 2012
Bob or Barbara Maloney, lawyer Little Rock, Arkansas 2006
Mr. or Ms. Moran, Substitute Teacher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013
Examples of Previous Props
powdered sugar Albuquerque, New Mexico 2012
an egg Houston, Texas 2015
ice cream Louisville, Kentucky 2007
a banana Austin, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
I have a surprise for you. Portland, Oregon 2010
You would not believe what I just saw. Inland Empire, California 2014
No, that's not right. Inland Empire, California 2010
Come on. You can tell me. Portland, Maine 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.