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
Peter or Penny Dupree, Car Salesperson Jacksonville, Florida 2009
Arlene or Alan West, Door to Door Salesperson Des Moines, Iowa 2008
Ross or Rose Gillen, Upholsterer/Furniture Maker San Antonio, Texas 2011
Joe or Jodi Macintosh, Writer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
Examples of Previous Props
a trash can/waste basket Portland, Maine 2013
A string instrument Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2018
a dollar bill Asheville, North Carolina 2018
a ticket for a bus, plane or train San Francisco, California 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
I need a drink. Cincinnati, Ohio 2010
I wish I knew. Lynchburg, Virginia 2015
"I'm afraid that science proves you wrong." or "I am afraid that science proves you wrong." Austin, Texas 2018
Tell her what you told me. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2016
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.