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
Shawn or Sherri McDonald, mechanic Austin, Texas 2016
Bert or Bertha George, Gardener Louisville, Kentucky 2009
Brian or Brianna Chaddington, Physical Therapist Dallas, Texas 2018
Buddy or Belle Edwards, Truck Driver Denver, Colorado 2006
Examples of Previous Props
a tablet Orlando, Florida 2013
a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009
a bicycle part Cincinnati, Ohio 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Do you realize what you're asking me to do? Paducah, Kentucky 2009
Your eyes are telling a different story. Orlando, Florida 2009
"You're lucky I'm in a good mood." OR "You are lucky I'm in a good mood." Washington, District of Columbia 2019
“As flat as a pancake” Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
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.