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
Riley Tompkins, Teacher Washington, District of Columbia 2011
Vernon or Vicky Holdston, ex-jockey Tampa, Florida 2020
Don or Donna Bleshing, Penny Pincher/Tightwad/Cheapskate Orlando, Florida 2013
Trudy or Trevor Fenderson, Designer Chicago, Illinois 2019
Examples of Previous Props
cheese Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
a legal contract Tampa, Florida 2020
a jar of coins San Francisco, California 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
I have three words for you. Des Moines, Iowa 2009
My Mama gave me that. Paducah, Kentucky 2014
"If I speak, I'm in big trouble." OR "If I speak, I am in big trouble." Washington, District of Columbia 2020
"I have been waiting for this." OR "I've been waiting for this." Los Angeles, California 2021
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.