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
Carl or Carla Ross, Plumber Des Moines, Iowa 2010
Hunter or Harper Drakely, Health Inspector Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
Bert or Bertha George, Gardener Louisville, Kentucky 2009
Eli or Ella Varennes, Auctioneer Orlando, Florida 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a cell phone Columbus, Ohio 2010
a bowl Houston, Texas 2011
a spoon Denver, Colorado 2019
a spoon Lynchburg, Virginia 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
How much money are we talking about? Madison, Wisconsin 2015
Why am I always first? Richmond, Virginia 2012
"What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?" Cleveland, Ohio 2019
You think you know everything. Greensboro, North Carolina 2010
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.