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
Frank or Frieda Gilroy, Waiter/Waitress Houston, Texas 2008
Alex or Alexa Berbrick, Inspector Washington, District of Columbia 2013
Fred or Freida Unger, Barber/Beautician Baltimore, Maryland 2014
Brad or Brenda Parsons, Water Expert San Antonio, Texas 2008
Examples of Previous Props
cheese Fargo, North Dakota 2011
marshmallow San Diego, California 2014
a book Detroit, Michigan 2009
a towel Dallas, Texas 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
But what about global warming? Louisville, Kentucky 2008
I'd love to know what goes on in there. Savannah, Georgia 2011
I wouldn't do that if I were you. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
It's been a long, long time. New Hampshire 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.