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
Andrew or Andrea Loper, Detective Nashville, Tennessee 2014
Paul or Pauline Pamplemousse, Salesperson of the Month Tampa, Florida 2016
Phil or Phillipa Carter, Insurance Broker Detroit, Michigan 2018
Dear Albert or Dear Alice, Advice Columnist Providence, Rhode Island 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a flower or flowers Savannah, Georgia 2016
Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006
apples Detroit, Michigan 2011
a blender Nashville, Tennessee 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
It makes me want to cry. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2007
I wish I had an answer for you. Asheville, North Carolina 2009
Have you been here before? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012
You're not making any sense. Dallas, Texas 2009
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.