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
Ramona or Ramon Perez, Cat Behavior Specialist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
Ronald or Rhonda Donellson, Game Host Los Angeles, California 2008
Charles or Charlene Crosby, Grocery Store Employee Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013
Examples of Previous Props
Toy Animal Austin, Texas 2016
a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009
a book Detroit, Michigan 2009
a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
"The third time's a charm." OR "The third time is a charm." Richmond, Virginia 2019
Let's just say it's not my favorite. Buffalo, New York 2013
Now you're making sense. Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
No, that's not right. Inland Empire, California 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.