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
Mr. or Ms. Moran, Substitute Teacher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013
James or Jenny Crawford, Librarian Chicago, Illinois 2007
Bob or Bonnie Henry, Insurance Agent Seattle, Washington 2006
Ann or Alan Knight, Transit Company Employee Atlanta, Georgia 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a paper towel or paper towels Columbus, Ohio 2019
a pizza pan Cleveland, Ohio 2017
a lightbulb Portland, Maine 2015
A cookie Columbus, Ohio 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
Hold on, let me write that down. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
Where did that come from? Providence, Rhode Island 2015
It takes one to know one. Detroit, Michigan 2022
Stop talking, start doing. Las Vegas, Nevada 2016
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.