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
Hans or Hannah Bridgeport, nurse Seattle, Washington 2017
Mac or Margaret McCarthy, Interpreter San Diego, California 2013
Sam or Sonya Needham, Addict Providence, Rhode Island 2009
Eve or Ivan Pagoda, Coach Washington, District of Columbia 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a brick Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
a ball Saint Louis, Missouri 2014
a coffee mug Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013
a rubberband Louisville, Kentucky 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
"The third time's a charm." OR "The third time is a charm." Richmond, Virginia 2019
Watch and learn. Richmond, Virginia 2016
The whole thing was a mess. Kansas City, Missouri 2008
Please tell me that's not what I think it is. Los Angeles, California 2011
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.