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
Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016
Duncan or Denise Kerrey, Sales Clerk Buffalo, New York 2010
Don or Donna Hastert, Plumber Greensboro, North Carolina 2011
Virginia or Vince Young, Chili Contest Winner Cincinnati, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a dollar bill Houston, Texas 2013
headphones or earbuds Buffalo, New York 2019
bar of soap Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
a wallet Asheville, North Carolina 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Do you believe her? Denver, Colorado 2008
Today is my lucky day. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2019
"You are not going to be happy." OR "You're not going to be happy." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2017
What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016
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.