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
John or Joyce Jansen, Investigator San Diego, California 2014
Ivan or Ivana Wright, Decorator Boston, Massachusetts 2012
Mitch or Michelle Stockridge, Chef Jacksonville, Florida 2015
Ben or Beatrice Clooney, Twin New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Examples of Previous Props
Christmas lights Madison, Wisconsin 2007
A penny or pennies San Antonio, Texas 2019
a photo of a relative Washington, District of Columbia 2015
a tie Seattle, Washington 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Looks like you’re in over your head. Portland, Oregon 2011
“Your place or mine?” Austin, Texas 2016
"He's a very good friend of mine." OR "He is a very good friend of mine." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018
When you come up with something good, let me know. Boston, Massachusetts 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.