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
Victor or Veronica Sarmast, Office Manager Salt Lake City, Utah 2007
Uncle Hank or Aunt Henrietta Boston, Massachusetts 2011
Tyler or Taylor Veith, Matchmaker Hampton Roads, Virginia 2018
Vernon or Vicky Holdston, ex-jockey Tampa, Florida 2020
Examples of Previous Props
a toothbrush San Antonio, Texas 2016
a coffee mug Austin, Texas 2021
a photo of mom Louisville, Kentucky 2010
a lamp Jacksonville, Florida 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Bring your tools. Kansas City, Missouri 2012
Let me set the record straight. Indianapolis, Indiana 2008
She is the only one who knows. San Antonio, Texas 2014
'There's not much time. Denver, Colorado 2015
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.