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
Michael or Maggie Charles, Scientist Louisville, Kentucky 2010
Michael or Michelle McDugan, Carpenter Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2013
Andrew or Annie Dundalk, Musician Chicago, Illinois 2015
Virgil or Vanna Gerbens, Uncle/Aunt Denver, Colorado 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a wallet Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2019
Grapes Orlando, Florida 2020
a trophy Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
When do you expect her? Inland Empire, California 2011
I know exactly where this is going. Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
Your guess is as good as mine. Las Vegas, Nevada 2018
Where are we going? Saint Louis, Missouri 2012
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.