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
Jerry or Jennifer Larson, Restaurateur San Diego, California 2017
Danae or Daniel Magalees, Writer Paducah, Kentucky 2012
Sherry or Jerry Mills, Dance Instructor Jacksonville, Florida 2008
Bob or Barbara Bernardo, Farmer Little Rock, Arkansas 2015
Examples of Previous Props
an ashtray Asheville, North Carolina 2008
a water bottle Fargo, North Dakota 2007
a deck of cards Buffalo, New York 2014
an award Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Are you asking me or telling me? San Antonio, Texas 2019
How much money are we talking about? Madison, Wisconsin 2015
She doesn't understand you like I do. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2016
Sorry, my friend. No can do. Huntsville, Alabama 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.