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
Kenny or Kendra May, Retired Musician Honolulu, Hawaii 2007
Mabel or Matthew Kotik, Gardener New Orleans, Louisiana 2009
Walter or Wilma Western, Repair Person Chicago, Illinois 2008
Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a tooth brush Inland Empire, California 2010
a helmet Providence, Rhode Island 2015
a mug Buffalo, New York 2010
A high heeled shoe Salt Lake City, Utah 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
You know what I mean? San Diego, California 2013
You want the truth? So do I. Houston, Texas 2007
That's not what they had in mind. Portland, Oregon 2013
On your mark, get set, go! Houston, Texas 2018
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.