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
Eli or Ella Varennes, Auctioneer Orlando, Florida 2019
Dave or Diane Pellaton, President Detroit, Michigan 2011
Rosemary or Roger Lanvin, Baker Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
Bobby or Betty Bulmer, Farmer/Gardener Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a key chain Buffalo, New York 2007
a toilet seat Jacksonville, Florida 2007
an urn or container with a deceased's ashes Chicago, Illinois 2008
a cutting board Columbus, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
When do you expect her? Inland Empire, California 2011
You know what they say, 'Location, Location, Location." Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021
What's the matter with you? Or What is the matter with you? Duluth, Minnesota 2019
I owe you an apology. Houston, Texas 2011
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.