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
Walter or Wilma Western, Repair Person Chicago, Illinois 2008
Stanley or Stacy Draper, Former Priest/Nun Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
Melvin or Megan Cashion, Dentist Fargo, North Dakota 2012
John or Joanna Getts, Expectant Parent Austin, Texas 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a calculator Indianapolis, Indiana 2018
a purse Indianapolis, Indiana 2013
a bagel Paducah, Kentucky 2009
fast food catsup or mustard packet Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
How did you do that? Columbus, Ohio 2019
My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011
Watch and learn. Madison, Wisconsin 2012
Don't look now, we may have trouble. Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
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.