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
Bradley or Brenda Oliver, Vice President Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
Alan or Alana Abercrombie, Hypochondriac Austin, Texas 2012
Bert or Betty Didier, Tree Expert Portland, Maine 2007
Janine or Joe Jones, Professor Washington, District of Columbia 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a suitcase Madison, Wisconsin 2012
a comb Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
a lock Duluth, Minnesota 2019
a map Detroit, Michigan 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
He's not from around here. Amarillo, Texas 2014
I can't tell you. It's a secret. OR I cannot tell you. It is a secret. Saint Louis, Missouri 2018
What do you say now? Paducah, Kentucky 2018
Beggars can't be choosers. Jackson, Mississippi 2014
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.