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
Van or Vanna Trumbull, Detective Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Jonathan or Janice Simon, Professor Tampa, Florida 2012
Mike or Michelle Thames, retired athlete Las Vegas, Nevada 2019
Russ or Rita Reklaw , Advice Columnist Indianapolis, Indiana 2014
Examples of Previous Props
an apple Asheville, North Carolina 2011
a wallet Columbus, Ohio 2014
a lamp Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Salt shaker Jacksonville, Florida 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Do you think you can do that again? Washington, District of Columbia 2010
When do you want to start? Indianapolis, Indiana 2013
Why do you ask? Salt Lake City, Utah 2014
From now on you call the shots. Richmond, Virginia 2011
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.