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
Paul or Paula Woopern, Champion Athlete Charlotte, North Carolina 2013
Tetley or Tessa Fairfax, Writer New York, New York 2007
Matt or Madison Moyer, Car Salesperson Las Vegas, Nevada 2006
Brad or Brenda Parsons, Water Expert San Antonio, Texas 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a chess piece Boston, Massachusetts 2011
a lamp Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
A padlock Salt Lake City, Utah 2017
a coffee mug Dallas, Texas 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012
I wish I knew. I wish I knew. Savannah, Georgia 2016
It won't happen again, I promise. Louisville, Kentucky 2013
Where have I heard that before? New Haven, Connecticut 2018
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.