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
Joe or Joanne Carroll, Municipal Employee Portland, Maine 2011
Kyle or Kayla Greentree, Certified Mixologist Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2017
Payne or Paige Sarmast, Tourist Hampton Roads, Virginia 2015
Tom or Tina Goodwin, Consultant Atlanta, Georgia 2011
Examples of Previous Props
A bucket Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2017
a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007
a greeting card Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018
an extension cord Columbus, Ohio 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
How was I supposed to know? Los Angeles, California 2009
Hey! My Mom gave me that. Los Angeles, California 2007
Don't touch me. Chicago, Illinois 2015
"It's up to you. Make a decision." OR "It is up to you. Make a decision." San Antonio, Texas 2018
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.