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
Sam or Sara Carpenter, Ticket Seller Columbus, Ohio 2010
Jeff or Jenny Ledbetter, Elementary School Teacher Chicago, Illinois 2014
Frances or Forrest Courtney, Architect Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
Trish or Tristan Clark, Explorer Austin, Texas 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a toilet seat Jacksonville, Florida 2007
A Jar Orlando, Florida 2017
Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006
a ball Louisville, Kentucky 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
If you don't go, I won't go either. Little Rock, Arkansas 2015
In my opinion, it's perfect. New Hampshire 2014
“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015
She's the only one who can answer that. OR She is the only one who can answer that. Saint Louis, Missouri 2017
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.