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
Van or Vanna Trumbull, Detective Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Don or Dot Benway, Exterminator Baltimore, Maryland 2016
Joe or Joanne Taylor, Nightshift Worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
Andrew or Ashley Bakerson, Cartoonist Providence, Rhode Island 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a fly swatter Seattle, Washington 2014
ID Badge Los Angeles, California 2017
a recycling bin Chicago, Illinois 2021
a paper plate Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Nothing is mundane. Cleveland, Ohio 2011
"Oh come on. It's only five bucks." OR " Oh come on. It is only five bucks." Seattle, Washington 2018
Somebody has to take out the garbage. Indianapolis, Indiana 2014
Here's where it gets tricky. Houston, Texas 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.