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
Michael or Marissa Loy, Researcher San Jose, California 2013
Christopher or Christine Cherry, Bartender Memphis, Tennessee 2013
Tyler or Taylor Shatternick, Detective Paducah, Kentucky 2010
Mike or Monica Vasquez, Singer Asheville, North Carolina 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a regular telephone Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
a hairbrush Houston, Texas 2017
A Clothespin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2019
a blender Cleveland, Ohio 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
You're not going to believe what I just heard. New York, New York 2009
What did I do? Madison, Wisconsin 2017
There's nothing like it. Las Vegas, Nevada 2007
What just happened? San Jose, California 2008
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.