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
Brian or Brenda Souza, Waiter/Waitress Chicago, Illinois 2006
Trevor or Tina DuMonde, Racer Portland, Oregon 2014
Bill or Betty Black, Carpet Cleaner Dallas, Texas 2007
Grant or Gretta Parchley, Former Reality Show Contestant Santa Rosa, California 2013
Examples of Previous Props
an egg Cincinnati, Ohio 2006
a napkin Los Angeles, California 2014
a jar of coins San Francisco, California 2007
an empty jar Glasgow, United Kingdom 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
If you want me, you know where to find me. Baltimore, Maryland 2012
Be true to your word. New Hampshire 2011
All you need is one of these. Columbus, Ohio 2010
Don't be so sure. Asheville, North Carolina 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.