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
Eva or Evan Minors, City Employee Nashville, Tennessee 2010
John or Judi Simon, Parent Savannah, Georgia 2012
Kyle or Kylie Sturgeon, Inventor Kansas City, Missouri 2014
Eddie or Edie Towson, Waiter/Waitress Savannah, Georgia 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a brush Portland, Maine 2012
a fly swatter Seattle, Washington 2014
a cell phone Hampton Roads, Virginia 2007
a purse Austin, Texas 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
"Let's do it again." Charlotte, North Carolina 2017
Sometimes you feel like letting loose. Asheville, North Carolina 2006
Give me that. You don't know how to use it. Salt Lake City, Utah 2007
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
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.