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
Joe or Jeannie Mandanda, Municipal Employee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010
Andrea or Andrew Jiblox, Bride or Groom Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
Mark or Margo Plantagenet, Foreign Ambassador San Francisco, California 2006
Daniel or Danielle Carson, Telepathy Expert Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2012
Examples of Previous Props
Christmas lights Madison, Wisconsin 2007
eyeglasses Machinima 2014
a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
a little black book Brisbane, Australia 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
That looks like fun. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014
I've looked and I can't find it. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
What are you planning to do with that? Aberdeen, United Kingdom 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.