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
Alan or Alice Downing, Coach San Diego, California 2015
Andy or Annie Benoit, Plumber Little Rock, Arkansas 2013
Claude or Claudia Fernandez, city employee San Antonio, Texas 2018
Jack or Jasmine Bursland, Climate Activist Denver, Colorado 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a lamp Detroit, Michigan 2008
a sign Denver, Colorado 2006
a candy wrapper Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
a plate Las Vegas, Nevada 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"Why won't you tell me?" Little Rock, Arkansas 2017
?Keep that thing away from me.? San Antonio, Texas 2007
How are we going to do that? Portland, Maine 2010
"Interesting theory. Where's your proof?" OR "Interesting theory. Where is your proof?" Kansas City, Missouri 2019
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.