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
Mark or Mary Kowalski, Outdoor Enthusiast Buffalo, New York 2009
Marco or Muffin Gabbowitz, a person who works with animals Washington, District of Columbia 2010
Andrew or Andi Tracey, Children's Books Author Tampa, Florida 2014
Frederick or Frieda Laino, Exchange Student Los Angeles, California 2007
Examples of Previous Props
an iron Portland, Oregon 2012
Bike Pump Boston, Massachusetts 2006
an egg carton Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
a dictionary Barcelona, Spain 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
"Bine, dar nu de faţă cu el." (Ok, but not in front of him.)" Brasov, Romania 2011
"If you only knew, if you only knew." Orlando, Florida 2008
"It's BYOB, so you know what that means." Austin, Texas 2013
"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.