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
Jim, Jimmy or Jackie Jaden, Gym Teacher Madison, Wisconsin 2022
Kirk or Kasia Nordenstrom, Environmentalist Portland, Oregon 2013
Greg or Gretta Calhoun, Architect Des Moines, Iowa 2009
Lloyd or Laurie Tantallon, Unpublished Author Buffalo, New York 2017
Examples of Previous Props
a pumpkin Des Moines, Iowa 2022
a poster Kansas City, Missouri 2018
a magnet Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
You can't take it with you. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2015
I looked at it a long time before I saw it. Portland, Oregon 2014
"I've got an extra ticket." OR "I have got an extra ticket." Dallas, Texas 2018
What do we have here? Lynchburg, Virginia 2022
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.