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
Sam or Samantha Tuomi, Caterer Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016
Oliver or Olivia Fox a poet Washington, District of Columbia 2019
Kelly Broadbent, pilot Seattle, Washington 2021
Examples of Previous Props
a calendar Denver, Colorado 2021
a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009
a bracelet Boston, Massachusetts 2017
Sleeping Bag Seattle, Washington 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
"Are you sure that's right?" OR "Are you sure that is right?" Nashville, Tennessee 2021
"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
Are you sure you want to go there? Los Angeles, California 2022
Please be quiet. I beg you. Columbus, Ohio 2022
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.