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
Rosemary or Roger Lanvin, Baker Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
Tim or Tina Woods, tour guide Des Moines, Iowa 2021
Nate or Natalie Wardman, Retired Police Officer Louisville, Kentucky 2006
Pete or Petunia Clark, Farmer's Market Vendor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a fish Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008
a chair San Jose, California 2011
Bubble Wrap Washington, District of Columbia 2017
a brick Richmond, Virginia 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
It looks like everything is falling into place. Houston, Texas 2019
It's just really, really crazy. Cleveland, Ohio 2009
That's not what I said. Charlotte, North Carolina 2016
How did you figure it out? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013
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.