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
Frederick or Frieda Laino, Exchange Student Los Angeles, California 2007
Charlie or Charlene Bowers, Waiter/Waitress Amarillo, Texas 2016
Lyle or Leslie Witherspoon, Waiter Charlotte, North Carolina 2019
Joe or JoAnn Davidson, Realtor Los Angeles, California 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a spoon Denver, Colorado 2019
a certificate Salt Lake City, Utah 2009
a photo of Mom Des Moines, Iowa 2016
a folding chair New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
“As flat as a pancake” Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
You can't take it with you. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2015
Give me some kind of sign. San Jose, California 2011
How could you do this to me? Tampa, Florida 2008
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.