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
Bryant or Bryanna Landee, Author Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016
Jared or Jayla Norris, County Employee Jackson, Mississippi 2014
Dennis or Debbie Karlsen, Waiter or Waitress Dallas, Texas 2011
Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a crayon San Diego, California 2009
an envelope Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015
a pencil Des Moines, Iowa 2020
fake money Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
Let me think." or "Lemme think. Boston, Massachusetts 2018
"That's not the way I heard it." OR "That is not the way I heard it." Nashville, Tennessee 2018
Hold on, let me write that down. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
Just tell them Joe sent you. Louisville, Kentucky 2009
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.