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
Ellie or Ethan St. John, President New York, New York 2010
Geoff or Georgia Cooke, Camp Counselor Little Rock, Arkansas 2010
Sherman or Sharon Brown, Recently Unemployed Houston, Texas 2010
Malik or Malia Simmons, Architect Denver, Colorado 2016
Examples of Previous Props
house plant Baltimore, Maryland 2019
a tennis ball New York, New York 2010
a button Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2013
a comb Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
I can't hear you. Madison, Wisconsin 2010
Believe me, it's worth it. Boston, Massachusetts 2013
Let's keep it in the group. Denver, Colorado 2012
What did I do? Madison, Wisconsin 2017
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.