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 Ivana Wright, Decorator Boston, Massachusetts 2012
Andrea or Andrew Jiblox, Bride or Groom Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
Jeremy or Jenny Norbert/North, Politician Los Angeles, California 2011
Charlie or Charlene Bowers, Waiter/Waitress Amarillo, Texas 2016
Examples of Previous Props
A burrito Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
a musical instrument Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018
a hula hoop Baltimore, Maryland 2011
a lamp Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
What did I do? Madison, Wisconsin 2017
"What just happened?" New Orleans, Louisiana 2017
"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Columbus, Ohio 2020
"Wow. That's impressive." OR "Wow. That is impressive." Jacksonville, Florida 2020
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.