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.
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
Rob or Rhonda Ward, Club President Inland Empire, California 2014
Peter or Penny Monkton, Linguist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2007
Charles or Charlene Crosby, Grocery Store Employee Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
Lenny or Lani Saffron, Chocolatier Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2016
Examples of Previous Props
A spatula Louisville, Kentucky 2018
a wallet Buffalo, New York 2012
A Yoga Ball Austin, Texas 2019
A Balloon Boston, Massachusetts 2020
Examples of Previous Lines
That was smooth as butter. Madison, Wisconsin 2007
I don't like it. Paducah, Kentucky 2010
Can you keep a secret? Providence, Rhode Island 2021
You can't take it with you. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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.