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
Cooper or Caitlin O'Brien, Dog Walker Indianapolis, Indiana 2010
Zach or Zinnia Needham, Takeout Delivery Person Austin, Texas 2008
Len or Lynn Pellaton, Factory Worker Cincinnati, Ohio 2009
Van or Vanna Trumbull, Detective Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Examples of Previous Props
nail clippers Detroit, Michigan 2012
a jewel Salt Lake City, Utah 2008
A pair of sandals San Jose, California 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
My Mama gave me that. Paducah, Kentucky 2014
I have a funny feeling about this. Buffalo, New York 2011
Close your eyes. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
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.