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
Hal or Helen Haynes, Court Clerk Cleveland, Ohio 2009
Donny or Donna Melbrook, Realtor Portland, Maine 2014
Luke or Lana Beardsley, door to door salesperson Savannah, Georgia 2017
Roy or Rachel Schwarz, Quality Control Expert Portland, Oregon 2007
Examples of Previous Props
clothes pin Seattle, Washington 2017
a lollipop Denver, Colorado 2016
a receipt Boston, Massachusetts 2008
a kite Jacksonville, Florida 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
I'm fixing to get started. Greensboro, North Carolina 2008
"Tell me something I don't know." OR "Tell me something I do not know." Paducah, Kentucky 2017
Leave it to me, I'm a professional. Los Angeles, California 2008
I need a drink. Cincinnati, Ohio 2010
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.