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
Cam or Carrie Trepard, Hypochondriac Paducah, Kentucky 2015
Clay or Claire Vernon, Help Desk Representative Austin, Texas 2017
Abe or Abby Tuesday, Tour Guide Baltimore, Maryland 2013
Luke or Laura Brown, President of a Non-Profit Organization Greensboro, North Carolina 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a bowl Madison, Wisconsin 2009
sunglasses New Hampshire 2009
a barbecue utensil San Jose, California 2013
a cupcake Memphis, Tennessee 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Take your time. Detroit, Michigan 2010
Please keep it to yourself. San Diego, California 2011
How do you do that? Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2014
Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep. Cleveland, Ohio 2017
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.