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
Chris or Christy Doyle, Drummer San Jose, California 2008
Steve or Stella Fogarty, Electrician Nashville, Tennessee 2007
Harold or Harriet Ralston, Lifeguard Hampton Roads, Virginia 2008
Liam or Leanne Butler, Painter Detroit, Michigan 2009
Examples of Previous Props
peanut butter San Jose, California 2007
a barbecue utensil San Jose, California 2013
tape measure Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2014
a mug Chicago, Illinois 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
All you need is one of these. Columbus, Ohio 2010
Have you ever seen anything like it? Saint Louis, Missouri 2009
It's probably easier than it looks. Houston, Texas 2014
I know a thing or two. New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
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.