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
Mike or Michelle Madigan, Chemist Chicago, Illinois 2013
Reginald or Regina Worthington, Banker Seattle, Washington 2012
Todd or Tina Daubert, Wine Connoisseur Jacksonville, Florida 2010
Adam or Anya Vickers, Delivery Person Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a letter Tampa, Florida 2016
a fork New Orleans, Louisiana 2007
a balloon Jacksonville, Florida 2014
a turkey baster Indianapolis, Indiana 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
Look out. Here comes Mr. Know-it-all. Chicago, Illinois 2014
"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
That's what my Dad always said. OR That is what my Dad always said. Austin, Texas 2018
Where are we going? San Diego, California 2012
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.