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
Joey or Joy Treehorn, Real Estate Agent Paducah, Kentucky 2017
Tony or Toni Cabella, Attorney Providence, Rhode Island 2019
Claude or Claudia Ramos, Repair Person Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012
Larry or Linda Martinez, Pack Rat Albuquerque, New Mexico 2006
Examples of Previous Props
a newspaper Providence, Rhode Island 2011
a book Dallas, Texas 2008
a family heirloom Greensboro, North Carolina 2008
Safety Glasses/Safety Goggles San Jose, California 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
“Quiet. I need to think. Seattle, Washington 2015
His instructions are very clear. Salt Lake City, Utah 2013
I barely touched it. Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
I'm not at all surprised. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2014
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.