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
Alice or Andrew Mann, Bartender Orlando, Florida 2010
Bill or Belinda Amberson, Hotel Employee Detroit, Michigan 2015
Oliver or Olivia Sandman, Doctor Atlanta, Georgia 2014
Trey or Trish Balderson, Contractor Louisville, Kentucky 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a bowl Madison, Wisconsin 2009
Toy Animal Austin, Texas 2016
a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009
A sealed envelope Baltimore, Maryland 2020
Examples of Previous Lines
Okay, I think I got it straight. Portland, Oregon 2008
Aren't you precious? Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
"Sometimes you can't be the nice guy." OR "Sometimes you cannot be the nice guy" Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2020
Let's make a plan. Austin, Texas 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.