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
Janine or Joe Jones, Professor Washington, District of Columbia 2018
Dear Albert or Dear Alice, Advice Columnist Providence, Rhode Island 2012
Frank or Fiona Ruark, Musician Austin, Texas 2017
G. Goforth, Competitive Eating Contestant Boston, Massachusetts 2006
Examples of Previous Props
a birthday candle Little Rock, Arkansas 2007
a can opener Madison, Wisconsin 2015
a garden hose Louisville, Kentucky 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
When did that happen? Albuquerque, New Mexico 2019
Don't just stand there. Move it. New Hampshire 2009
It works for me. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2010
That?s the dumbest thing I?ve ever heard.? Cincinnati, Ohio 2006
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.