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
Sam or Samantha Cantwell, Chili Contest Winner Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
Dan or Danielle Steergarten, Plumber Inland Empire, California 2019
Frank or Frankie Riordan, Student Kansas City, Missouri 2015
Samuel or Samantha Washington, District of Columbia 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a wallet Asheville, North Carolina 2013
a wrapped gift Portland, Maine 2016
A Clock Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
a pizza box Columbus, Ohio 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Why am I always first? Detroit, Michigan 2015
"That's not how we pronounce it." OR "That is not how we pronounce it." Atlanta, Georgia 2019
Oh, hell no. New Haven, Connecticut 2016
Just remember what I told you. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2007
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.