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
Hunter or Harper Drakely, Health Inspector Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
Charlie or Carly Vines, actor Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
Kelly Broadbent, pilot Seattle, Washington 2021
Andrew or Ashley Bakerson, Cartoonist Richmond, Virginia 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a wrapped present Los Angeles, California 2013
an egg carton Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007
pistachio nuts Portland, Oregon 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Show us what you got. Houston, Texas 2018
What can I say? It's the best. San Francisco, California 2014
It's just really, really crazy. Cleveland, Ohio 2009
Stop asking me. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2020
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.