Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from city to city, 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
Brian or Briana Merryweather, Laboratory Technician Portland, Oregon 2009
Sam or Samantha Giordano, Inventor Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
Jane or John McClane, undercover operative Cleveland, Ohio 2019
Ed or Edna Keegan, Reporter Salt Lake City, Utah 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a dustpan Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2012
a pencil Des Moines, Iowa 2020
Secret Ingredient Columbus, Ohio 2021
an umbrella Saint Louis, Missouri 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Check this out. It?s totally hot.? Austin, Texas 2006
That's just a myth. San Jose, California 2016
I hate to say I told you so. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013
"That is music to my ears." OR "That's music to my ears." Paducah, Kentucky 2022
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.