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
Gus or Gloria Lorenz, Trade Expert San Francisco, California 2008
Jenna or Jeremy Lee, certified public accountant Cleveland, Ohio 2019
Claire or Clarence Tilden, Hotel Employee Jacksonville, Florida 2012
Tyler or Taylor Shatternick, Detective Paducah, Kentucky 2010
Examples of Previous Props
Cookies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020
a broom Houston, Texas 2019
a checkbook Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
a stapler Cleveland, Ohio 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
"What time do we have to be there?" Las Vegas, Nevada 2017
Oh no, don't you dare go there. Portland, Oregon 2006
How much money are we talking about? Chicago, Illinois 2009
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.