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
Jay or Julie Michaels, Gardener Albuquerque, New Mexico 2010
Lucas or Lily Elepano, Coach Detroit, Michigan 2016
Tom or Tina Percival, Historian Salt Lake City, Utah 2013
R. Thomas, Athlete Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a rake Kansas City, Missouri 2008
a trophy Cleveland, Ohio 2014
a coloring book Des Moines, Iowa 2012
a helmet Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
"What just happened?" New Orleans, Louisiana 2017
You heard what she said. Des Moines, Iowa 2017
How are we going to do that? Portland, Maine 2010
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.