Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.
These elements must be included in your film.
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
Alan or Alana Beaumont, Phony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
Ben or Barbara Jones, Television Personality Greensboro, North Carolina 2006
Bradley or Brenda Oliver, Vice President Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
Marlee or Mark Donnelly, Graphic Designer Denver, Colorado 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a shoelace Boston, Massachusetts 2007
a stapler Chicago, Illinois 2012
A spider web Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
You don't remember me, do you? Tampa, Florida 2014
You don't have a clue, do you? Buffalo, New York 2014
My Mama gave me that. Paducah, Kentucky 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.