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
Mitch or Michelle Stockridge, Chef Jacksonville, Florida 2015
Duncan or Denise Kerrey, Sales Clerk Buffalo, New York 2010
Trip or Trish Gomez, Retired Circus Performer Denver, Colorado 2015
Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a picture frame Portland, Oregon 2009
a shoelace Cleveland, Ohio 2008
junk mail Los Angeles, California 2009
a tomato Portland, Maine 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Nevermind. I'll ask someone else. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2012
Do you have what it takes? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008
That's just a myth. San Jose, California 2016
Do you have any questions? San Francisco, California 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.