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 Vanessa Nebulus, mixologist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2021
George or Gina Longfellow, PR Wiz Las Vegas, Nevada 2008
Zeke or Zinnia Westwater, bartender Denver, Colorado 2022
Lyle or Lora Engdahl, Writer Chicago, Illinois 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a wallet Buffalo, New York 2012
a flag Richmond, Virginia 2013
A bucket Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
"I don't think that's what it means. OR "I do not think that is what it means." San Antonio, Texas 2020
"Sometimes you can't be the nice guy." OR "Sometimes you cannot be the nice guy" Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2020
No. Guess again. Los Angeles, California 2015
“What was I supposed to say?” Nashville, Tennessee 2015
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.