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
Mary or Marvin Greenberg, Computer Genius Detroit, Michigan 2012
Mark or Maria Porter, Bus Driver Cleveland, Ohio 2016
Nathan or Natalie Brazil, kleptomaniac Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
Luke or Laura Coppersmith, Retired Circus Performer Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2016
Examples of Previous Props
an auto part Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2016
cheese grater Saint Louis, Missouri 2017
a sign Denver, Colorado 2006
a box of tissues San Antonio, Texas 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Just remember what I told you. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2007
I did that last time. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007
Sounds cool. Tell me more. Portland, Maine 2014
Where did you get it? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
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.