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
Nick or Nora Bellman, farmers market worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
Jason or Julie Whittaker, Camp Counselor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
Sam or Samantha Giordano, Inventor Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
Martha or Marvin Lee, Dancer Huntsville, Alabama 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a surgical mask or a dust mask San Diego, California 2016
a wallet Asheville, North Carolina 2013
a stapler Cleveland, Ohio 2019
a bandage Phoenix, Arizona 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
We don't have time for this. Portland, Oregon 2015
She's a good friend of mine. New Haven, Connecticut 2015
Let's just say it's not my favorite. Buffalo, New York 2013
Tell me what's on your mind. Inland Empire, California 2009
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.