Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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
Ivan or Iris Montague, Music Teacher San Antonio, Texas 2019
Claude or Claudette Green, Guitarist San Francisco, California 2009
Ashley or Ashton Brown, Expert Saint Louis, Missouri 2009
Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a pillow Inland Empire, California 2008
A hat Chicago, Illinois 2019
a key chain Buffalo, New York 2007
a lamp Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Beggars can't be choosers. Jackson, Mississippi 2014
I need to tell you something. New Hampshire 2010
“You get what you pay for.” New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
I wish I knew. Lynchburg, Virginia 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.