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
Brett Rivers, entomologist Portland, Oregon 2017
Nelson or Nellie Kilcullen, Delivery Person Hampton Roads, Virginia 2020
Jack or Jennifer Bates, House Guest Los Angeles, California 2017
Gus or Gloria Lorenz, Trade Expert San Francisco, California 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a towel Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
a check Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
a regular telephone Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
a phone charger New Orleans, Louisiana 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Can I get a little peace and quiet? Las Vegas, Nevada 2008
"Something isn't right." OR "Something is not right." Des Moines, Iowa 2019
Why am I always last? Des Moines, Iowa 2018
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
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.