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
Danielle or Daniel Lee, Sports Trainer Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
Mark or Madison Brundell, Candidate Chicago, Illinois 2020
Ryan or Rita Coccinelle, Entomologist Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
Zoltar or Zelda Nickelson, Fortune Teller Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a wrapped present Houston, Texas 2018
a cutting board Columbus, Ohio 2016
jumper cables Portland, Oregon 2008
a weed whacker Dallas, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"You don't see that every day." OR "You do not see that every day." Columbus, Ohio 2018
Can I borrow your credit card? Kansas City, Missouri 2016
"If I speak, I'm in big trouble." OR "If I speak, I am in big trouble." Washington, District of Columbia 2020
What have you done for me lately? Cincinnati, Ohio 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.